The Selkie was founded in Spring 2018 in the city of Edinburgh which 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 J.K. 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 founders of The Selkie met and the idea for an online literary magazine was born – a magazine with ‘representation’ as its core value that would extend across the boundaries of academia, culture, gender and race, and offer the works of underrepresented writers year-round to its readers.

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

The Selkie is a non-profit community interest company based in the UK; it does not profit from its website, anthologies, or New Voices Workshop. The Selkie is entirely run by volunteers who are passionate about working with writers and artists from marginalised and/or underrepresented backgrounds.*

We do not charge writers for submissions and all published material is free to view by our readers. Though contributors are not currently paid for published work, our team is in the process of applying for several grants and will prioritise paying contributors in the near future.

*We are committed to working with marginalised and/or underrepresented voices and will only accept work by/concerned with: individuals identifying as women; people of colour; minorities in predominantly white nations; refugees and first-generation immigrants; LGBTQIA+; those living with mental illness, or physical or other disabilities; those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs; victims of violence, or domestic or sexual abuse; and those without access to higher education degrees, living below the poverty line, or who are/have been homeless or incarcerated.