My debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist (available from my publisher Eyewear Publishing and from my online store Meandi Books) now has a scheduled publication date of June 2015. It’ll be the 8th publication in the Eyewear Publishing 20/20 pamphlet series. Publisher Todd Swift has more information about the 20/20 pamphlet series on his promotional blog. The pamphlets are beautifully produced and available for £5.

How did I find out about Eyewear Publishing?

By entering the Melita Hume competition that Eyewear run every year for poets under 35 (in the UK and Ireland) with a debut full-length collection. My work didn’t reach the 2014 shortlist, but because it was longlisted I then had the opportunity to select 25 poems for consideration by the editor of the 20/20 series, Les Robinson. It all went from there.

So, what’s my advice to any aspiring poets out there? Write prolifically, read widely and critically, accept constructive feedback for your work and keep submitting to magazines and competitions. And most of all, don’t give up in the face of rejections.✔


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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