Creative writing in the Scottish Borders

The Eildon Tree and Writers’ Groups

The Eildon Tree is a creative writing magazine produced by Arts & Creativity with an Editorial Team of professional writers. You can pick one one from a wide range of outlets throughout the Borders, or read the digital version here.

What to expect from the Eildon Tree

Inside you’ll find the best new poetry and prose from the Scottish Borders and beyond.

Reviews, articles and interviews that cover the wide and varied field of what is happening in the writing world today and reflects our aims of bringing Borders writing to the world and vice versa

Submit your work to Eildon Tree

To coincide with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) in May, the forthcoming issue of The Eildon Tree will explore the festival theme of ‘Perspectives’.

This follows the tremendous success of our Connected Creative Writing and Wellbeing Issue (Issue 32) last year.  Eildon Tree is inviting poems, stories and articles that explore the theme, within the context of mental health and wellbeing.

Creative writing has a therapeutic quality with writers working through their mindful preoccupations to reach a kind of catharsis or a personal understanding of life’s problems and circumstances. Of course, writing for just the sheer pleasure of writing can have its benefits in terms of mental health and wellbeing too. So, don’t be overawed or hamstrung by the theme.

Write about whatever you want to, but bear the theme in mind as much as you can. Suffice to say, ‘Perspectives’ can and will be interpreted in the broadest sense. How the theme is explored and expressed is down to each individual writer, but if the last Creative Writing and Well-being issue is anything to go by, we fully expect very wide-ranging, exciting, thought-provoking and enjoyable submissions.

You have until 1 May 2020 to submit, the normal submission size criteria will apply

  • A maximum of 4 poems, stories or articles up to 3000 words
  • Electronic format: Arial pt12, single line spacing, unjustified margin
  • Book titles and quotes to be italicised, but without speech and quotation marks, unless specified in the text quoted
  • Include a brief biography, maximum 40 words
  • Please do not re-submit work which has been seen previously by the editors

Republishing the same author

We publish work by both emerging and established writers and strive to support the work of professional and aspiring writers. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, it is our policy not to publish work by the same contributor in consecutive issues to help make way for new writers. If your work has appeared in the Eildon Tree previously, please refrain from submitting further work until at least 2 issues have passed since your work was printed.

St Mary’s Mills, Level Crossing Road, Selkirk, TD7 5EW


Tel: 01750 726400

Writers Groups

Borders Writers’ Forum

The Borders Writers’ Forum is a friendly and supportive group for anyone in the Scottish Borders who writes or has an interest in writing. We welcome writers of all abilities, interests and genres.

Our aims are to:

  • Promote and raise the profile of contemporary local writers;
  • Provide a focus for writing related events in the Scottish Borders;
  • Provide networking opportunities;
  • Support professional development through talks, regular reading opportunities and workshops.


Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month from September to June. (December meeting on second Thursday). The venue is the Lesser Hall, St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road (just off Main Street), St Boswells.

We meet at 19:00 for refreshments and the main meeting begins at 19:20.

Membership – £15 per annum. Non-members – £3 per meeting. (Refreshments included).

A warm welcome awaits members and visitors. Contact Tony Parkinson:

Check out the website HERE.


Eyemouth writers’ group, Eyewrite, meets informally to encourage each other by offering their work for constructive criticism. They all write regularly and some of their work has been published.

They chat about writing and are very friendly. New members are welcome.

Contact Heather Johnston for further information on 01890 771 820.

Peebles Library writing group

Interested and enthusiastic about writing? Come along and bring your ideas.

The group meet every 4th Monday of the month, 10:30 – 12:00.

To find out the date of the next meeting date check the Peebles Library webpage.

Kelso Writers group

The Kelso writers are enthusiastic supporters of the Eildon Tree. Many of the group have had their stories, and the occasional poem, published in the magazine. Established in 2012 by Iona McGregor as a short story writing course, the Kelso Writers’ Workshop continues to expand and develop. Two anthologies have already been published with a third, A Whole Lot of Love, due for publication this year. Further information, click HERE.