The Association of Scottish Literary Studies.


ASLS is based in the University of Glasgow and promotes the study, teaching and writing of Scotland's literatures and languages, past and present.

They publish scholarly journals and literary criticism; new editions of classic works of Scottish literature; companions and study guides; and New Writing Scotland, an annual anthology of the best new short fiction and poetry in Scotland today.

Founded in 1970, ASLS also publishes works of Scottish literature which have either been neglected or which merit a fresh presentation to a modern audience, and critical anthologies of both creative and non-fiction writing, in their Annual Volumes series.

Papers on literary criticism and cultural studies, along with in-depth reviews of Scottish books, are published biannually in ASLS' journal Scottish Literary Review; short articles, features and news appear in the ASLS newsletter ScotLit; and scholarly studies of language in Scottish Language.

New Writing Scotland, the ASLS annual anthology, contains new poetry, drama, short fiction and creative prose in Scots, English and Gaelic. 

The ASLS Scotnotes series of school and college-level study guides provide invaluable background information to a range of major Scottish writers. 

The ASLS website is also a fantastic resource which contains a substantial and growing body of downloadable essays, articles, papers and classroom notes. Other free online resources include the peer-reviewed International Journal of Scottish Literature and the ezine The Bottle Imp.



Find The Bottle Imp Here


Along with other Scottish literary organisations, ASLS campaigns for a greater appreciation, both at home and abroad, in schools, colleges and universities, of Scotland’s literary culture. 

The most recent volume of New Writing Scotland is titled Talking About Lobsters.