Announcing the shortlist for 2014 Luke Bitmead Bursary

Legend Press are delighted to announce the 10 shortlisted authors for the 2014 Luke Bitmead Bursary. Set up in memory of Legend Press' first ever published novelist the award, now its seventh year, supports the work of struggling unpublished authors.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Central London on 28th November 2014. The winning author will receive £2500 and a publishing contract with Legend Press for 2015.

The 10 shortlisted authors are:

Ankia Scott - Secrets
Catherine Murphy - Bleak Lush
Christine Browne - Revenge Ritual
Emily Ruth Verona - Steady is the Fall
Jacqueline Grima - Coming Second
Jose Toledo - The Queen of Madagascar
Louise Beech - How To Be Brave
Melanie Garrett - This He Did Without Remorse
Simon Van Der Velde - The Benjamin Exhibition
Tara Guha - Absent

The award will be judged by Tom Chalmers, Lucy Chamberlain and Lauren Parsons from Legend Press, Luke’s Mother Elaine Hanson and award-winning authors Sam Mills and Ruth Dugdall.

The Luke Bitmead Bursary was founded by Luke’s family, in association with Legend Press, shortly after Luke’s tragic death in 2006 at the age of just 34. Luke’s book White Summer was the first novel to be published by Legend Press and Luke was one of the UK’s most talented up-and-coming writers. Legend Press are delighted to be working with Luke’s family to ensure that Luke’s name and memory lives on. Previous winners of the award are: Andrew Blackman in 2008 for On the Holloway Road, Ruth Dugdall in 2009 for The Woman Before Me, Sophie Duffy in 2010 for The Generation Game, J.R. Crook in 2011 for Sleeping Patterns, Joanne Graham in 2012 for Lacey’s House and Jo Gatford in 2013 for White Lies.

Tom Chalmers, Managing Director of Legend Press commented: ‘We are thrilled with our 2014 shortlist. With a record number of submissions for this our seventh year of the Bursary, we have been overwhelmed by the quality of submissions we have received. It is a pleasure to be working with Luke’s family on a literary award growing year-on-year. Luke would have loved the idea of another struggling talented writer being supported on the arduous road to securing their first publishing deal. We look forward to announcing the winner in November.’

The story was covered by The Bookseller today.