Morn, with bonny purple smiles Kisses the air-cock o' St Giles; Rakin' their ee, the servant lasses Early begin their lies and clashes...

Robert Fergusson

Story Shop 2011 Call for Applications

Date Posted:

(17 May 2011)

The City of Literature Trust is looking for new, emerging writers to read their work as part of Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) this August.  

Story Shop is a free, un-ticketed event produced by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and will take place in the Book Festival’s Spiegeltent. It is a showcase for new writing and new writers from Edinburgh. Each day features one author, giving them a ten minute slot to read either two 4-5 minute ‘flash fiction’ pieces or one 8-10 minute piece of fiction.  The idea is to give a free taster of your writing to a new audience.

Writers deciding to apply must be:

  • Living or working in Edinburgh.
  • Comfortable speaking in public.
  • Not part of the EIBF 2011 programme.
  • Available to appear once between 13-29th August.
  • Available in July to complete the short training workshop, which we will provide.

Applications from newly published writers are particularly welcome (published meaning some form of peer reviewed publication – anthology, literary magazine, newspaper, novel or short story collection). Preference may be given to those with experience reading in public.

Each author featured will receive a small appearance fee, a public speaking workshop and their work will appear on the City of Literature website.  Their event and author biography will feature on the City of Literature Trust website, Story Shop will be promoted via the Book Festival programme and entrance tent screens and a press release will be issued.

To Apply

Send in a copy of the work which you would hope to read – around two A4 pages – and a short introductory note stating:

•    if/where you have been published before.
•    any public readings you have given in the past.
•    your availability – you must be available between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on at least one day between 13-29th August 2011.

Applications should be sent by email to Anna Burkey, Communications & Events Co-ordinator at the City of Literature Trust (

Closing date for applications: Monday 27th June at 12 noon.  Successful applicants will be contacted shortly thereafter.

City of Literature Event

Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011

Free readings of micro-stories every day in the Spiegeltent from Sat 13 to Mon 29 August at 4pm. Drop by to hear a short reading from some of Edinburgh’s talented new emerging writers. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent each day to see who’s reading. For more about Edinburgh as a UNESCO City of Literature: