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Call for Submissions….Leith Writings: second edition

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).

A gallery of authors

A galaxy of talent. Some of the authors who contributed to The Darting Salamander presented their work at the launch in Out of the Blue on Tuesday 2 November 2021.

There are a few more pictures lurking on a mobile phone somewhere and we will add them as soon as we track them down.

In the pictures you will see…storytelling, poetry, polemic and song.

Top row: from left, the audience gathering at Out of the Blue, Carol Marr and grand-daughter Iona; Nick Gardner.

Second row: Alan Addison; Gavin Booth; Ali Rutherford

Third row: Sally Fraser; Megan Rudden; Gordon Munro

Fourth row: Stewart Lowe; Conrad Molleson

What is Leith Writings?

Megan Rudden; Annie McCrea; Gordon Munro; Billy Gould; [top of Sally Fraser’s head]; Norman Oyoo; Stewart Lowe; Gavin Booth; Alan Addison; Ali Rutherford; Tim Bell

Leith authors have come together to form a loose collective and create Leith Writings. This is the first of a new series of Leith anthologies, containing stories by Leith authors.

We plan to make this an annual release, and welcome contact from any writers (or potential writers) with a Leith connection who would like to get involved.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact us!

The picture shows The Darting Salamander team – some of the writers, poets, artists and performers who celebrated the delivery of the first edition., Leith’s first anthology, at Out of the Blue on Tuesday 2 November.

Just 300 copies, beautifully crafted by Out of the Blueprint. The first print run has been quite small (to fit our budget). We are currently fundraising to pay for more printings, and to enable us to continue working to produce future editions.

See our JustGiving campaign HERE – we first set a target of £3,000 to cover essential costs of printing and launching this handsome first edition. Now, thanks to the warmhearted support of Leithers we need just £350 more to meet the final costs of the pioneering first anthology. Any extra will go towards the bumper 2022 edition. All contributions are welcome.

The plan is for this to be an annual release on the 2nd of November each year. This date has been selected to commemorate the anniversary of the Edinburgh Boundaries and Tramways Extension bill. The bill was enacted on that date in 1920.

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