What we’re looking for:

This year’s theme is Leith links

The selection panel is looking for anything in length from a haiku up to 3000 words. Your piece can be poetry, fiction, short story, non-fiction, or lyrics. Leith, in some form, should be recognisably present in the work, however creatively expressed.

You can also send creative typography, a handwritten piece, with its own calligraphy and/or integrated decoration, scanned as a PDF in its final form. Note that all printing is in monochrome.

You can include a simple illustration or picture to accompany your text, although you must be able to show that you have permission for us to use it.

The work should be your own and be original. If it has been published before elsewhere, we will need proof that you have permission for us to use it.

How to submit your writing:

Please send a copy in either Word or PDF format to:

You must include your name and contact details in your email. Please also put your name on each page of your submission. The panel would like to include younger voices of Leith, so please let us know if you’re under 18.

If you do not wish to be identified as the author of your piece in the final
book, let us know. We’re happy to oblige.

When to submit your work:

The closing date for us to receive entries is the 1st of July 2022.

We will contact you by the 2nd of September 2022 with our decision.

The launch of the 2022 edition will be on the 2nd of November 2022. Please note we may also ask you to attend the launch event or take part in some publicity to promote the book.

Please note that as a small volunteer-led project, we will not be able to make any payment for contributions. We will provide all the authors selected for inclusion with two free copies of the book.

The book will be free and will be distributed by Leith Writings. Any donations or payments made for copies will be used to cover costs such as print or postage. Any excess will be used towards next year’s edition.

Neither Leith Writings volunteers nor the selection panel will receive any payment.

The selection panel is Megan Rudden (writer and visual artist); Annie McCrae (writer and teacher) and Aly Barr (Scottish Poetry Library).