Our Story


The city of Edinburgh holds the distinction of being named the first UNESCO City of Literature in the world and is best known as home to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is considered the world’s largest book festival, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Historically, the city has served as a place of inspiration for legendary writers such as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark and JK Rowling, who walked the same cobbled streets and visited the crowded pubs surrounding The University of Edinburgh.

It was through the University of Edinburgh, while pursuing postgraduate degrees in Creative Writing, that the editorial board of The Selkie met and the idea for an online literary magazine was born. A site that could extend across the boundaries of academia, culture, gender and race, and offer the works of underrepresented writers year-round to its readers.

The Selkie, the result of continuous hard work and perseverance, was founded in Spring 2018 with the strong belief that ‘representation’ should stand as its core value.

While the stories we feature surpass the limits of distance and borders, The Selkie remains firmly rooted in Edinburgh – its place of inception and a continuous source of inspiration for all things literary.