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.
Tourmaline Book Cover

Amy Dunjey


The Lone Bride
A lone bride stood before the church clasping a posy of irises. Something blue. Her mother’s dress hugged her slight...
Tourmaline Book Cover

David Rawet


Under an infinite sky
Mum arranged flowers for Sunday masses. Mondays, I’d help Father Michael with fallen frangipani petals. I was five. ‘Father Michael?’...
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Joel Gibson


and if I don’t see You…
The evening light crackles. It moves along the lines of my dry skin and spins gumleaf shadows. Branches dance in...

Stu Knox


Dog
Mister Diggi was a Dibby Dibby Doo. He came to town with a dog named Ding. He looked different talked...

Melanie Talbot


Delicate Little Flowers
The roses from those suddenly blank teacups? That was me. I left you the gold edging. Those daisy patterned curtains?...

Allan Wills


Photo portrait
On the doorstep the florist had left a flower arrangement with a card attached. “Dear Jean, Please accept these flowers...

Meryl Broughton


Leaves, sticks and soil
We'd never met before and never would again. It was just another intimate but strange encounter where I would do...

Alicia Bakewell


They say when it hits, think of something beautiful
Breathe in. The centre of a daisy is a thousand tiny explosions, barely visible to the naked eye. Hold it....

James Hansen


Aunty Flora
My Aunt Flora is a stern old lady, with a soft spot for me. “Another scone, James?” “Please. Have you...

Tess Korten


Visual Eavesdrop
You can’t see me, I’m hiding! I like to disappear into the everyday. To experiment with appearances, camouflaged to the...

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