The University of Edinburgh’s motto is that it has been influencing the world since 1583. Its Edinburgh Review was initiated in 1755 and is still in publication. And, as part of the Creative Writing programme, the University publishes From Arthur’s Seat, a print anthology of prose and poetry by postgrad students. It might seem, then, that when a group of students gathered at George Square to discuss forming a new journal, that yet another publication would have little value to add.
But, in the Autumn of 2016, 50GS was founded to do just that: to complement existing publications by offering a platform beyond print and celebrating digital expression. The first issue was published in February 2017 with prose, poetry, and artwork by new and emerging artists, including the winners of a 140-character story competition. Of course, as with any new publication, the first issue was largely about building a presence – and word certainly got out, making our launch a sold-out event at the University’s Festival of Creative Learning. And that was just the beginning. As each new class of editors takes over in the years to come, we look forward to seeing how the 50GS platform grows and develops, and to the talented new writers and artists, with ever-innovative ways of expressing themselves, it will undoubtedly discover.