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News - Call out for Locals in the Limelight at Granite Noir 2022

Call for submissions

In 2018 Granite Noir introduced Locals in the Limelight, five minute spotlights offering some of the region’s most talented up-and-coming writers a chance to read extracts from their noir fiction at the start of festival events.

We’re proud to offer this opportunity again in 2022.

If you’re a North-east Scotland based writer working on long- or short-form noir fiction, who would like a chance to showcase your work at Granite Noir 2022 we invite you to apply.


How to Apply:

Please send us an extract of no more than 5,000 words (a short story, novel extract, screenplay or drama extract, or examples of noir flash fiction), along with a one paragraph biography and (if submitting part of a novel) a brief description of the longer work.

Be sure to include your contact information.

Submissions should be sent via email to Roxane Girin,

The deadline for submissions is: 29 November 2021 at 12:00pm.


If we are interested in inviting you to be one of our Locals in the Limelight we will be in touch as soon as possible after the deadline, with the aim of finalising the programme before Christmas.

Successful writers will be paid a fee for participation and essential expenses will be covered.

As a participant you will be listed in the Granite Noir brochure, receive an invitation to the Granite Noir reception and reserved seat in order to enjoy the rest of the event following your reading, and an opportunity to meet your fellow authors in the green room ahead of time. The excerpt chosen for the readings should be in keeping with the nature of the festival and absolutely no longer than 5 minutes in length.