Student given green light in publisher’s art competition.

Rachel Cartwright, second year illustration student at Edinburgh College of Art, has won the Fledgling Press Book Cover competition. In its third year now, the competition brief was to illustrate the cover for Dickson Telfer’s upcoming collection of short stories, The Red Man Turns to Green, due to be published at the end of May 2013.

The Red Man Turns to Green by Dickson Telfer

Rachel Cartwright – ECA Competition Winner

Fledgling Press were delighted with the entries this year, struggling to choose from the high quality entries submitted by the students. After initially shortlisting five, the publisher spent the weekend deliberating over which cover most suited the book and announced the winner, Rachel Cartwright, to the students on Monday morning.
“We were genuinely quite astounded at the quality and quantity of this year’s entries. They were all of a high, professional standard, with consideration given to not just the illustration, but how the title and spine work as a whole cover. There were several that would have easily made it onto the cover of another publication, which made the task of choosing a winner very difficult, but we are all pleased with the outcome.” Clare Cain
The cover design competition at the ECA is going from strength to strength, this being the third consecutive year it has run. Students competed for a prize fund of £200 and to have their work published as the cover, but this year the students’ work also contributed to their coursework.  Previous winners include Camilla Botterrill and a cover for When the Turaco Calls, Melissa Wood for Sex, Love and Sweet Suicide and Joanna Lisowiecz for Viking Gold.
Previous ECA Winners

Previous ECA Winners

The Red Man Turns to Green is a collection of short stories by debut author Dickson Telford. In this enigmatic debut collection, Dickson Telfer plunges his characters into profound and occasionally unsettling situations and watches them stew, fumble, thrive and flourish.  Quirky, funny and alternative, his observations on everyday life make this collection eminently enjoyable. Fledgling Press are an independent Edinburgh Publisher who are committed to publishing work by debut authors, emerging talent and new voices in the literary world.  

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