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Write for us! We're recruiting reviewers for the Edinburgh Fringe

DiaryFringeGuru is an independent website dedicated to the Edinburgh and Brighton Festival Fringes, and to Fringe theatre around the UK.  Since our foundation in Edinburgh in 2007, we've earned an enviable reputation for our thoughtful, full-length reviews and our extensive local knowledge.

This year, we're planning another careful extension of our coverage in Edinburgh.  We'll be reviewing more shows, yet retaining our core values of quality, independence and integrity.

We're looking for writers with a passion for any of the Fringe art forms, with strong communication skills and opinions to share.  Might that be you?  Read on.

We regret that we're no longer recruiting reviewers for the Brighton Fringe.  We're currently recruiting for Edinburgh only.

What are we looking for?

Whether you're an experienced reviewer or an interested first-timer, if you can tick these boxes, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Most importantly, you'll have excellent writing skills, and the talent to produce concise but detailed reviews in an authoritative and engaging style.  You'll be willing to work within our house rules, to be honest but constructive, and to write a balanced analysis of each show you review.

Even if you're not an experienced reviewer, we'll expect you to be an experienced audience member.  You'll often attend shows or events in your chosen field, and you'll be able to talk knowledgeably about recent productions and trends.  You don't need formal training nor to be a practitioner in your field.

You'll need to live in Edinburgh or be willing to pay your own travel to and accommodation in the city.  You'll need to be available for a reasonable selection of dates between 3 and 27 August.  You'll need access to a computer and the Internet to submit your reviews.

And finally, we need you to be serious about commitments and to meet your deadlines.  We know that things sometimes go wrong... but they shouldn't go wrong very often.  We'll ask you to review a minimum of half-a-dozen shows during the three weeks of the Fringe (though our more prolific reviewers cover far more), so please be sure you'll have the time available to deliver a high-quality write-up for each and every show.

What do we offer?

In common with almost all independent reviewers, we're offering unpaid roles.  However:

  • it's a great opportunity to see your work published online - and to build your professional portfolio, if that's your thing
  • you'll have direct access to, and support from, our experienced editors
  • we'll make every effort to accommodate requests for shows you particularly want to see
  • we pay reasonable travel expenses within the city (but not to or from the city)
  • and of course, you get a free ticket for each show you review.

What's the next step?

If you're interested in writing for us this year, please drop us a line.  Email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , with the following details...

Some background information about you.  Let us know why you're interested in writing reviews, and why you'll make a good addition to our reviewing team.  Don't forget to mention your specific areas of expertise.

Information on your availability during August.  Please tell us when you'll be in the city and how much time you expect to have to review.  Please be honest with yourself and with us and don't over-estimate how much you can offer, particularly if this is your first time at the Fringe.

A writing sample.  If you have previous published reviews, we'd love to see a sample, ideally the version you submitted before sub-editing.  If you don't, then please send us a short write-up - four to five paragraphs - of a show you've recently seen.  If you're writing a new sample, feel free to download our reviewing guidelines from last year's Fringe to help you.

Tempted, but not quite sure?  If you'd like to chat to us first, give Richard Stamp a call on (0131) 20 80 403.  And if you want to check us out, we'll do our best to put you in touch with one of our existing reviewers.

We hope we'll be working with you this year.  But whatever happens, we hope you'll have a wonderful Fringe.

Want to know more?

If you'd like to find out more about FringeGuru before deciding whether to get in touch, here are a few key resources.

Reviews from Edinburgh 2011

Browse our past reviews to get a feel for our house style, and to judge whether it's the type of writing which will interest you.

Our reviewing guidelines

Make sure you're happy with our ethos and style.  These are last year's guidelines, but we'll be working to an updated version in 2012.