1st May - Writer's Prize

31 Jul 2020

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Submissions now open for the 7th Luke Bitmead Writer's Bursary

We are excited to announce the opening of submissions for the 2014 Luke Bitmead Bursary. The award was set up shortly after Luke's death in 2006 by his family to support and encourage the work of fledgling novel writers. The Bursary is now the UK's biggest award for unpublished authors. The top prize is a publishing contract with Legend Press, and £2500 bursary.

Luke Bitmead was the first novelist to be published by Legend Press, his novel White Summer was released in 2006 shortly before his death. Two novels have been published posthumously - The Body is a Temple and Heading South (co-authored by Catherine Richards). 

We are pleased to be continuing this brilliant bursary for a seventh year, and hope to follow in the success of our previous winners Andrew Blackman (On the Holloway Road), Ruth Dugdall (The Woman Before Me), Sophie Duffy (The Generation Game), J.R. Crook (Sleeping Patterns), Joanne Graham (Lacey's House) and last year's winner Jo Gatford (White Lies, published 1st May 2014).

Submissions from writers will be accepted from today 1st May until Friday 1st August 2014

Only adult fiction is eligible for this bursary, no children's books or non-fiction. The judging panel will consist of Luke's Mother Elaine, Legend Press, Sam Mills and Ruth Dugdall.

For information about how to apply please click here

Entrants must be aged 16 or over. There is no upper age restriction for entry but all submissions must be from first-time, non-published authors - particularly those who are talented but whose personal or financial circumstances are making it especially hard for them to focus on writing as a career.

The 2013 bursary was inundated with entries and we look forward to reading your work and discovering more talented authors to join our fantastic alumni!

For all enquiries please email bitmeadbursary@legendpress.co.uk
For all media enquiries please contact Lucy on 0207 300 7370
or lucychamberlain@legend-paperbooks.co.uk