Borders writers are invited to submit their work to celebrate the new format of the Eildon Tree magazine.
Dedicated to publishing contemporary work, poetry and short stories by new and emerging writers from Scotland, with a focus on Scottish Borders, the biannual publication launched its 30th issue last month.
The new format sees the introduction of an open prize competition for poems and short stories which will appear in the next issue of Eildon Tree. And there will be a prize-giving event in spring 2019.
To celebrate the Year of Young People 2018, the young person’s category is free of charge to anyone aged 5-18 years - limited to one poem and one fictional short story.
The adult category is £5 fee for each submission.
Supported by Live Borders Creative and Connected Communities, the Eildon Tree is edited by four established writers from the Scottish Borders - Julian Colton, Iona Macgregor, Sara Clark and Carol Norris - who encourage local people to develop and improve their writing with an aim to getting their work published.
The magazine also features reviews, articles and interviews on what is happening in the literary world today.
Editor Julian Colton said: “The Eildon Tree’s new competition format represents a unique opportunity for poets and fiction writers from, and beyond, the Borders to make a name for themselves, as well as still having the opportunity of seeing their work published in an esteemed literary magazine.”
Ewan Jackson, chief executive, Live Borders, added: “I am delighted that Live Borders has been able to continue to produce the Eildon Tree magazine and support creative writers in the Scottish Borders to be published and reach a wider audience.
“The literary heritage of the Scottish Borders is both a source of local pride and also a reason to visit for many tourists.
“We are aiming to reach an even wider audience through the prize competition.”
You can pick up copies of the latest issue in libraries and outlets throughout the Borders. For competition details go to: https://www.liveborders.org.uk/arts_and_creativity/the_eildon_tree_competition