The Eildon Tree & Writers Groups



The latest issue of The Eildon Tree is out now!

The Eildon Tree is a creative writing magazine produced by Arts Development.

What to expect from the Eildon Tree:

  • Inside you'll find the very best 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

  • This reflects our aims of bringing Borders writing to the world and vice versa

Where to get a copy of The Eildon Tree?

The latest issue of the magazine is now available. You can pick one up in our libraries and a wide range of outlets throughout the Borders.

Get yours today and read the very best poetry, prose, reviews, articles and interviews.

Submit your work to Eildon Tree

Poems, short stories, non-fiction articles of local or national literary interest and short novel extracts are all welcome for consideration.

  • 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

The Eildon Tree will dedicate its next issue to writing focussed on the theme of “Connected” and what role being connected has in supporting our mental health and wellbeingWhether you are brand new to writing or are a published author, we would welcome submissions of writing, poetry, short stories, reflections, (max 3000 words) artwork or photography (high resolution only) on the theme of “Connection” or how connection relates to wellbeing.

Deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday 29 March 2019 electronically to

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' forums

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 7pm for refreshments and the main meeting begins at 7.20pm.
Membership – £15 per annum. Non-members – £3 per meeting. (Refreshments included).
A warm welcome awaits members and visitors.  Contact Iona MacGregor


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

We 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, 10.30am-12.00pm.

*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