‘The reunion of democracy with culture’

Call for Submissions


the word bank edinburghTo be published in May 2014, The Evergreen will be a high quality creative and documentary anthology of two hundred pages, harking back to the Evergreens published by Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes. Poetry, fiction, essays on the built environment, social, political, scientific and cutural issues will be presented in the first and three subsequent issues of The Evergreen over two years.

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust and its Word Bank project recognise the part literature and literary tradition play in shaping our communities, both local and national. Like Geddes, the Trust sees urban regeneration going hand in hand with cultural renewal - art creates our sense of the city, and what it means to live in it.

Embracing a seasonal theme, The Evergreen will include commissioned and submitted fiction, poetry, nonfiction, painting, drawing and photography, on any subject in harmony with the season of its appearance.

Thus the contents of the first book will relate to Spring and the changes wrought in nature and human life as these appear to men and women ‘of different cultures and specialisms - to the artist and the naturalist, to the student of history and the critic of social things.’

(Quotations from The Evergreen publications by Patrick Geddes & Colleagues 1895/6)

Guidelines for Submissions  

  • Fiction: up to 3000 words
  • Poetry: up to 1000 words
  • Visual art: up to 12 pieces

Deadline for Submissions is 15 March 2014

All submissions must be unpublished and will be accepted by by post or email. 

Payment, where it applies, will be discussed on commission or acceptance of submissions.

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Post: Submissions, The Evergreen, 8 Jackson’s Entry, The Tun, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ