Climate Writing Anthology for Young Writers Open for Submissions

Sian Bevan
Communications and Communities
Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

25 November 2021

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature seek submissions to their anthology, The Heat Is On: Young Writers on the Climate Crisis.

Any writer under the age of twenty who lives in or has a connection to Edinburgh is eligible to submit a piece of creative writing to represent Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature in the anthology. It can be something written specially for this callout, or something already written, but it must be previously unpublished.

We’re looking for pieces of writing which relate to the climate crisis. The piece must be no more than 750 words (but can be less), and can take whatever form you like - poetry, flash fiction, a graphic short story, song lyrics, an extract from a longer work, or anything else you can think of!

One submission will be selected by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature team to represent Edinburgh in the anthology, The Heat Is On. The writer of the chosen submission will receive a fee of £150.

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature will create a digital anthology of submissions from Cities of Literature across the globe. The pieces will be published in both English, and the original language of the young writer. The anthology will be distributed among all the Cities of Literature in June 2022.

To enter, please email your submissions to as an attached Word document by January 21st 2022. The selected entrant will be notified by January 26th.

Your submission

  • must relate to the climate crisis
  • must be previously unpublished
  • must be 750 words or less
  • must be by a writer aged 20 or under at the time of writing
  • can be any form or genre

Good luck, and we look forward to reading your entries!