The Selkie was founded in May 2018 in Edinburgh and became a community interest company in April 2019. The founders met through the University of Edinburgh while pursuing postgraduate degrees in Creative Writing, and the idea for a 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.
The Selkie Publications CIC is a non-profit community interest company based in the United Kingdom; it does not profit from its website, anthologies, events or workshops. Any money we make is re-invested into the company to help us continue supporting underrepresented voices. The Selkie is run by volunteers who are passionate about working with underrepresented writers and artists.
The Selkie accepts work by individuals who self-identify as underrepresented in terms of race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sex, socio-economic class, neurodivergence, disability and refugee/immigration status. We are also open to submissions written in Scots, English dialects not recognised by mainstream publishing, and translations into English (if you are the author).
We do not charge contributors for submissions and the material published on the website is free to view by our readers. Though contributors are not currently paid for published work, payment is prioritised where funding is available – these opportunities are clearly highlighted as being paid.