Edinburgh Literary Salon Anthology - Submissions

In partnership with MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh Literary Salon is launching a call for submissions to a brand new Anthology to celebrate our 3rd birthday. This collection of fiction and non-fiction, poetry and photography will be published to celebrate an organisation which boasts some of the most well-known and respected writers in Scotland. Selected writers will have the opportunity to be published alongside some of these literary legends. Students on Napier's award-winning Publishing course will be given the chance to work with some of the best, as well as the newest, names in literature today.

ELS Anthology Submission Guidelines

The Edinburgh Literary Salon is teaming up with Edinburgh Napier University’s
MSc Publishing course to produce a high-quality anthology of writing by past, present – and future – friends of the Literary Salon.

We have invited renowned authors associated with the Edinburgh Literary Salon to contribute, and now invite open submissions from all members of our community.

We plan to publish this Anthology in 2021, and launch it at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.*

By submitting work, writers agree to collaborate with the MSc Publishing students at the editing stage, which will begin in January 2021.*

Having run the Literary Salon for fourteen years, in 2018, following a brief pause, Edinburgh City of Literature passed the torch to the Steering Group. Accordingly, the theme for our first anthology will be ‘Renaissance’ which seems appropriate, particularly as we emerge from these strange times.


Who is eligible?

We welcome submissions from anyone who has engaged with the Salon and our activities. This includes submissions from staff and students at Edinburgh Napier University. We are committed to embedding and embracing the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the production of the Anthology.

Eligible work?

Your work can be prose, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, or black and white illustration (including graphic work and photography). Prose can be up to 3,000 words; poetry, up to 30 lines; graphic fiction should be no more than 8 pages. Images need to be at least 400mm (height or width) and 300 dpi (please contact us if you need help).

We are open to all creative approaches, as long as they fit the theme of ‘Renaissance’.

Work should not have been previously published. We also ask that writers do not place their work elsewhere during the submission or pre-publication period.

We will only accept one submission per person.

Only unpublished work is eligible.

Entrants must include a statement in their accompanying email that certifies that their entry is their own, original unpublished work.

Previous publication is considered to include: newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, or any other edited public platform or forum.

The decisions of the judges are final.

How to submit

Emailed submissions only please.

Judging will be anonymous, so all submissions must be via email, with the submission as an attachment (not contained in the email) as a Word document (textual submissions) or a PDF (images) with no identifying features.

The title of your submission should be the document name, and the email should have in the subject line: ‘SUBMISSION’ then YOUR NAME DOCUMENT NAME’.

Your name and contact details should appear on the submission cover page and on the accompanying email, but NOT on any entry. (Do not include your name or any identifying information in the work itself.)

If you are sending a submission that requires a format specific to your prose or poetry (e.g., concrete/graphic poetry or prose, or captioned photography) please send as a PDF. If selected, we will ask you for the original, high-resolution digital image.

Accompanying email and cover page.

An email or cover page must accompany the submission. This will contain the following details in the following order:



Phone number:


Title of work:

Number of words:

Format of image:

Declaration that the submitted entry is your own, original unpublished work.

Send your submissions to edlitanthologysubmissions@gmail.com by (11.59pm, Monday) September 21st 2020.

Judging and publication processes

We will complete our selection process in October 2020.*

We will acknowledge and respond to every submission via email. And we hope to repeat this project, so if your work doesn’t ‘fit’ this Anthology, please look out for another future opportunity.

You will have the opportunity to work with postgraduate students on MSc Publishing, the only doubly accredited Publishing course in the UK. Guided by academic staff the students will work with you to prepare your work for publication; and will be fully engaged in the process. This is a unique and exciting publishing opportunity for any writer!

If your submission is accepted, we will require you to grant us (Edinburgh Literary Salon/Edinburgh Napier University) first publishing rights, after which all rights to publish the work elsewhere will revert to you – but we would appreciate an acknowledgement in any other publication. A contract outlining the terms and conditions of publication will be agreed on acceptance of your work.

On another point, we are doing this to raise funds to keep the Edinburgh Literary Salon afloat; to give a platform for members of our Literary Community and most crucially, to demonstrate that writers and artists are important... especially during these difficult times.

We hope to offer each selected writer a small fee – as well as, of course, a lasting connection with the Edinburgh Literary Salon.

* Please note: due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, plans are subject to change.