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Flash Fiction Competition

Attention all librarians & English Departments

Would you like a free author visit from author Philip Caveney? Winner of the Scottish Book Trust Teen award 2016 and author of the Sebastian Darke, Alec Devlin and Crow Boy series of books.

To celebrate the launch of his recent title,The Slithers, Fledgling Press and Philip Caveney are holding a writing competition to promote creative writing in schools.


The Slithers is based on the the nuckelavee, a demon featured in Scottish and Norsk mythology, which came ashore to wreak havoc and devastation on dwellers.

Write a flash fiction of no more than 250 words about how you would survive a visit from one of these creatures coming to your school.

Eligibility: P7-S4


A visit from The Slithers author, Philip Caveney at your school and a copy of The Slithers for the winning entrant.
Winners will be chosen by the panel at Fledgling Press and Philip Caveney.


Send your fiction to by 19 Jan 2018
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ECA 2015

We were delighted to be working with the students at the Edinburgh College of Art again for this years book cover competition. This is the fifth time we have challenged the students to create a book cover for one of our titles, every year they do not disappoint and this year was no exception.

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New book time. Nearly.

Samuel Best will be launching his debut title, Shop Front with Fledgling Press. The official launch is at Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on Thursday 27 March from 18.30. You can find the store details on their website here.

It feels like an age since we had our last book launch – it was in fact for RJ Mitchell’s The Longest Shadow all the way back in November. My how time flies! Fledgling Press have had a few eBook titles out since then ( Animal Factory and The Jewel, with Boy Soldier and Beyond in production) but not a full, printed, hold-it-in-your-hands-and-sniff-the-pages title. Which is a real shame because they are always such fun, and the author events around them are great fun too!

Working with Samuel on Shop Front has been a great pleasure, and we have to thank Michael O’Shea for his work and time providing the cover artwork for it. We think it looks great, the story is fantastic and I know Samuel will be busy promoting this alongside his effort with Octavius magazine.

As I was saying before, new book time is always exciting because you get to see the author talking about their work and their passion, with the enthusiasm and excitement passing on to the audience. This energy travels across the room and takes an already great evening and turns it into a fantastic one. Book launches are brilliant and I wish we could do them more often!

Throughout the year we have another handful planned – 8, as well as several eBooks being published inbetween. But it is hard to justify an eBook launch when there’s nothing physical to show for it! There’s always the poster I guess.

Anyway, we hope to see you all at the launch of Shop Front on Thursday 27 March 2014. You can join the event here on our facebook page or add it to your diary, set a reminder and tie a piece of string to your finger.

ECA Competition 2014

Edinburgh students go digital for 2014 Book Competition

With the first two printed titles of 2014 already signed off and ready for production, Fledgling Press set a new challenge for the students at the Edinburgh College of Art in the fourth year of their book cover competition. The title students would be producing their cover for this year was an eBook only title.

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