New short stories set to light up the city

Hogmanay 18 launch MftS
Three young writers will be given the opportunity to have their short stories projected on buildings around Edinburgh, alongside a new story by leading Scottish author Val McDermid.

In this collaborative project, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival have commissioned McDermid to write a short story which will be told in chapters projected onto buildings around the city. The stories will illuminate Edinburgh from 1-25 January, bringing light to winter evenings.

Hogmanay 18 launch fireworks

To mark the beginning of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, the Message from the Skies project will give young writers the exclusive opportunity to have their words light up the night sky alongside McDermid’s, through a special short story competition.

Val McDermid has offered her own words of advice for young writers:

A good story is like a three-legged stool. It depends on character, it depends on setting and it depends on the plot…If you’re stuck for what to write get off your bum, get out the door and get writing.

The competition invites aspiring writers to create their own short story inspired by Edinburgh. Three stories will be selected, with each story to be featured for one week between 2 and 25 January, illuminated on buildings across the city to thousands of visitors and residents. Entries can be submitted until 15 November 2017 via the competition website.

MFTS Meadows

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay’s young writing competition is open to entrants aged 8-18 living in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and Falkirk. The competition will be adjudicated by Ali Bowden, Director, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and Janet Smyth, Children & Education Programme Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Hogmanay 18 launch Torchlight

Celebrating its 25th year this winter, Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a three day festival (30 December 2017 - 1 January 2018), featuring the Torchlight Procession, the Bairns Afore family event, the Hogmanay Street Party and Concert in the Gardens, the Loony Dook and much more

More information on Edinburgh's Hogmanay

The deadline for entries to the Message from the Skies short story competition is 15 November 2017.

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