Call for Submissions: ‘Doric Anthology’ of new writing

I’m really pleased to be involved with a great new project to provide an anthology of Doric/North-East Scots writing for secondary school pupils. The anthology is a collaboration between Jo Gilbert, The Friends of Elphinstone, and the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, and is funded by Aberdeen City Council Creative Fundings. Once the anthology has been compiled, I will be creating a teaching pack based on the contents of the collection for teachers and pupils to engage with. School teachers and others working in and around Doric/NE Scots have expressed concerns about a lack of contemporary work suitable for secondary-aged school pupils. By publishing this anthology and teaching pack, we hope to encourage more meaningful engagement with Scots language in North-East schools.

Read more it about here in The Scotsman.

For the anthology we are looking for short stories, poems, flash fiction and short plays – all work must be previously unpublished (including social media and own websites) and the criteria for submissions are as follows:

  • Poems: Up to 3 poems, totalling no more than 120 lines or 40 lines per poem
  • Short stories: 1 or 2 short stories, each no more than 2000 words
  • Flash fiction: Up to 3 pieces, no more than 500 words each
  • Plays: Short 2 or 3 hander plays no longer than 10-15 minutes or 2500 words

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