Friday, January 9, 2015

There is still time to enter Writing Edinburgh, a competition for short fiction inspired by maps or literary texts about Edinburgh, sponsored by the Palimpsest project.

The capital city of Scotland has a rich literary past, and the Palimpsest project team is developing an interactive, mobile-friendly website that will enable users to experience a wide range of literary works from the early modern period to the twentieth century, which have over time contributed to the creation of this fictional, poetic and remembered city.

The public is invited to respond to the literary history and/or the geography and urban development of Edinburgh, taking as your starting point either a map or a text. The style and genre of the piece are not pre-determined, but submissions should be prose fiction up to a maximum of 3000 words.

The contest will be judged by a team of literary critics and published authors, led by Edinburgh-based novelist Doug Johnstone. The results will be announced at public reception in March and shortlisted authors will be invited to read at the reception. There will be one winner, who will receive a cash prize of £250. The winning entry will be incorporated into Palimpsest's literary history of Edinburgh through publication on our website.

The competition deadline is midnight on Friday 30th January 2015, and is open to anyone over 16 years of age.

Entry is free but all entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form.