Call for participants

We are now closed for submissions for this exciting new project geo-locating stories and poetry throughout Edinburgh. Thank you to everyone who submitted poetry and stories. The judges panel will meet soon and we will be back in touch with those that entered, in November.


Using Podwalk, a new social, geo-locational, podcast app, Echoes of the City: Edinburgh’s Hidden Stories, will take the works of fifteen new authors and place them throughout the city using the geo-locational interface via Podwalk’s app and this website. The project will highlight the voices of new and up and coming writers and will give unique, creative angles to some of the most interesting sites in Edinburgh.


By geo-locating the stories in unique places throughout the city centre, the project will engage listeners by taking them on a journey of stories and poetry, exploring sides of the city they might not have found through conventional means. The use of the Podwalk app will be supplemented by this website which will feature information about the project, biographies of the authors, written copies of the stories and a map of where users can find and listen to them.



Writers must be new/early career authors who have not published more than one book or one collection of poetry. This includes self-published works. There is no limit on the individual short stories/essays/poems they may have published to be considered. The call for participants has international scope in that the person writing the story must know the city well enough to have a story that relates to a specific location. However, it does not matter if that story was written by someone from outwith Scotland, who has travelled there on holiday or business.



We are looking for fifteen works of fiction or poetry that are going to take listeners off the tourist trail of central Edinburgh. Keeping this in mind, authors can still tell their story about and around a tourist location, but it needs to be a different angle, and geo-located in a different area.


Locations must be accessible (i.e. no stories locked in the centre of the castle) and contribute to a different literary view of Edinburgh, while pulling people a little bit away from the main tourist beats in the heart of the city.


Stories and Poems

 Stories and poems submitted must be meet the following criteria:


  • up to 1300 words, or one poem of up to 5 pages
  • tied to specific location in Edinburgh in some way
  • must be new, unpublished works; we reserve the right to publish the written version of the story on a website, but the copyright remains with the author



Here’s a list of places to get you started writing. Feel free to use other locations in central Edinburgh, keeping in mind that the location must be safe, easy to reach, and accessible in the real world. If you want to use a well-known landmark or location, make sure you have a unique angle and/or location nearby.


For instance, if you are writing about the Grassmarket as a general area, base your story in the stairwell that leads up to Johnston Terrace or around the side of King’s Stables Road.


  • The Castle
  • George Street
  • Rose Street
  • Museums
  • Water of Leith waterfront
  • The closes off the High Street
  • The University
  • The Grassmarket
  • Cowgate
  • Canongate and its gardens
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Leith Links
  • Holyrood
  • Botanic Garden
  • The High Street
  • West Port
  • Lothian Road
  • Broughton Street
  • Newington
  • Tollcross
  • The Meadows
  • The Crags




Entries are now closed. Stories will be chosen by a panel consisting of Miriam Johnson, Blythe Robertson, Asif Khan, Rolland Gulliver,  Eleanor Pender of Edinburgh City of Literature, and Tracey Emerson of The Bridge Awards. Once recorded, Echoes of the City will be launched in spring 2017.

Learn more about the judging panel.

Each successful author will receive £20 for their contribution and all rights will remain with the author.

If you have any questions, please email


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