Competition entries

We're excited to share the entries that we received to our Flashing the Cover competition. We had a phenomenal response, with 103 entries received.  These are arranged below in groups according to the cover image they respond to and in alphabetical order by book title. The winner of the competition has been announced as Nicki Blake for her work Hidden Depths, a response to the cover of Dervla McTiernan's latest novel, The Good Turn. Our congratulations to Nicki and to all the writers who contributed such fantastic writing to this competition.

Laura Hutchinson

Billable Time
“Big Law is not for everyone. You need to really want it.” Days broken into six-minute intervals: the billable unit....

Jude Bridge

‘He makes me feel dirty, worthless, I’m stuck at home all day.’ ‘I have a five dollar note in my...

D. Milne

A Question of Cash
At school Henry excels in chemistry, maths, metalwork and art. Tutors praising his drawing complain he lacks imagination. He never...

Tamara Moss

Guide and Visitor
She led the way across the moon-drenched plain. The wind danced with her hair; she danced with herself. Her bare...

Lisa Collyer

The Second Time
Last time I visited dad’s grave I hollered at him. I’ve a husband now. Rows of gravestones buckle against straight...

Taya Reid

A Funeral
It was halfway between your house and mine. Just a park bench, but a holy place. Provided no one hurried...

Jessica Bowker

A gift for destruction
Hannah’s chest burned as if she’d just swallowed boiling venom soup. Clutching the kitchen counter, a blast-iron rage seared her...

Apikara McQuillan

What was , was lost to extortion of the truth. Abiding abuse was a sickening fact. Sticks and stones being...

Rory Lefroy

Crushed. Again, another. Every time I think I’ll do it differently – flatter, rounder. Don’t know why. Tiny wins I...

Dan Depiazzi

Mad Elaine
‘Aahhhhhhhh.’ I make that sound a thirst-quenching beer brings, and smile stupidly. *Lippy an’ all, I can still mimic a...

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