Dig It! – StAnza 2021 Creative Writing Opportunity

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Dig It StAnza creative writing op imageWe are delighted to be partnering Dig It! in this great paid commission opportunity for a poet based in Scotland.  This is a call out for applications by 21 January. Read on for more information, including on the payment offered.

Dig It! is a hub for Scottish archaeology with a Scotland-wide network of heritage organisations, museums and archaeological groups who are looking for looking for a Scotland-based poet to produce a short poem inspired by an archaeological site or artefact in Scotland (from a list they will provide) and to create an mp3 recording of them reciting the poem.

The poem will be writteto coincide with StAnza 2021, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival which takes place from 6 – 14 March, and will reflect one or both of our festival’s themes; Make It New’ and ‘No Rhyme nor Reason’.

They welcome applications from poets working in any language, including but not limited to Scots, Gaelic, and English, as long as an English translation is also provided by the  commissioned poet.

The successful applicant will work remotely with Dig It! (a small team based in Edinburgh) and one of the archaeologists who worked on one of their sites. They will provide the details to help you bring the story to life (such as imagesdescriptions and historical details). Dig It! are keen to develop the piece in partnership with the commissioned poet and follow their creative lead as they bring a fresh approach to how the past is depicted. 

Dig It! particularly encourage applications from Asian writers, LGBTQIA+ writers, non-binary writersdisabled writersBlack writers and writers from the African and/or Afro-Caribbean diaspora (including mixed-race/multiple-heritage) who are based in Scotland. Marginalised communities have often been excluded from recreations of the past and Dig It! want to showcase different perspectives on Scottish archaeology.

No prior knowledge is required. Dig It! are interested in a creative response to the materials they will  provide. An interest in archaeology is welcome but not essential.

The full payment offered is £250 (including VAT) and the application deadline is 12 noon on Thursday 21 January 2021. More details and application information can be found here: StAnza 2021 – Creative Writing Brief