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Joining the Author Directory: Information for Writers

Authors registered on the Author Directory should have an interest in delivering Live Literature events and being contacted by event organisers, which can including schools. Authors can select only to work with children and young people or adults, depending on what's most appropriate for your events

The Live Literature directory lists creative professionals such as writers, poets, performance poets, playwrights, storytellers, illustrators, cartoonists, screenwriters and graphic novelists. The directory provides space for creative professionals to share information about your work, skills and events events experience so that organisations can book you for events.

Processing applications can take some time, especially during Live Literature's busiest times (around funding application deadlines, Book Week Scotland and the end of the financial year ). We'll be in touch as quickly as we can. Self-published authors will hear the result of their application as soon as possible following a meeting of our Live Literature advisory group.

If your profile is missing

We've made extensive efforts to contact everyone listed on the directory since September 2018, using the contact information we have available. If you had a profile on the old site, and you do not appear on the new site, please get in touch by emailing live.literature@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window) as soon as possible.

You can also find out more about searching the author directory.

How to apply

Please send the following to live.literature@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window):

We may ask you to send in a copy of one of your books. In these cases your application will be assessed at a quarterly panel meeting. We may ask to see a copy of your publishing contract, if you have one, or an example of your work. Scottish Book Trust has the right to turn down any applicant based on quality of work.

New applicants may be invited for interview. The interview panel will consist of an author who carries out Live Literature events as well as staff from Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland.

Application criteria

All applicants must meet the general criteria below, as well as the relevant criteria for your chosen creative area.

Application details for each creative discipline

Traditionally published writers (including poets)


Performance poets


Writers (including poets) who have been widely published in literary magazines, journals or anthologies

Writers working in film, television and radio

Illustrators, cartoonists and graphic novelists

Self-published writers (including poets)

Feedback on the criteria and complaints procedure

The Live Literature advisory panel reviews the criteria for the author database twice a year. If you have feedback or suggestions, please email live.literature@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window). The panel will consider your feedback at the next meeting. Please note: we cannot make changes or exceptions to the published criteria between reviews. Scottish Book Trust and the panel’s decisions on applications are final. If you would like to send feedback about the criteria, please email as above. If you have any complaints about the application process, please follow our complaints procedure.

Additional considerations

Please be aware: