Merchiston Publishing

Edinburgh Napier University's Press, run by our postgraduate Publishing programme

The Pushkin Prizes Anthology

Merchiston Publishing is the imprint of the Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University. The publications – print, ebook and online – are managed by staff and powered by students on MSc Publishing.

Our Books to Bairns series provides books (and in some cases Teachers’ Resources) to children in schools and hospitals across Scotland, in particular, Edinburgh.

These books are provided free of charge. Teachers can request a class set of one book, or a selection of our books, or even single copies for their school library.

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The Pushkin Prizes Anthology


Merchiston Publishing, based at Edinburgh Napier University has launched an exciting new project in collaboration with The Pushkin Prizes! Our collaboration began in 2014 – the UK – Russia Year of Culture.

The Pushkin Prizes Anthology is a collection of some of the winning entries of the creative writing competition, contributed by secondary school pupils between the age of 12–14.

The idea for this creative writing competition began in 1987, when Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin’s descendants gathered to mark the 150th anniversary of his death. One year later, in 1988, Lady Butter officially launched the creative writing competition in Scottish secondary schools in Tayside. Today, The Pushkin Prizes accepts entries from secondary schools throughout Scotland and Russia.

Through this project we hope to promote The Pushkin Prizes, whilst also promoting creative writing as a valuable endeavour for pupils and teachers. Our collaboration began in 2014 – the UK-Russia Year of Culture. To find out more about this, visit this website:

You can also find out more about The Pushkin Prizes by visiting their official website at or visit their Facebook page

Books to Bairns: Our work focuses on providing books to disadvantaged readers. Books to Bairns is one of our initiatives. We edit, design, create, publish and distribute (donate) books to schools, hospitals, prisons and other institutional libraries. Find out more about our book advocacy:

The production of many of these titles is supported by charitable trusts and other bodies. Such copies are therefore distributed freely, although a handling charge may apply. To find out more, please email

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