Saturday 21 June 2014

Luke Bitmead Writers’ Bursary Competition - 1st August 2014.

Submissions are now open for the 2014 Luke Bitmead Bursary!

The bursary was set up by Luke’s family shortly after Luke’s sudden and tragic death in 2006, aged just 34. Luke was the first novelist to be published by Legend Press, and we are delighted to work with Luke's family each year on the award to honour his memory and help reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues. The top prize is a publishing contract with Legend Press, as well as a £2500 cash bursary.

Luke is the author of the brilliant White Summer, and also two novels published posthumously: The Body is a Temple and Heading South (co-authored by Catherine Richards). 

Information about Luke can be found at

How to Submit:

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Luke Bitmead Bursary. We look forward to reading your work. Your entry should be sent using the form here. If you have any problems, or general queries about the Bursary please email


- Novels must be already completed before entry. Unfinished manuscripts will not be accepted.
- Novels must be 50k words or over to be considered.
- Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
- 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.
- We are happy to accept submissions from self-published authors and authors who have traditionally published any other form of writing except a novel in the past (eg short stories, poems etc).
- We only accept submissions of adult fiction, so unfortunately will not consider Children's or YA fiction.

Submissions are open from 1st May 2014 to 1st August 2014.

Your submission should include the following (as indicated in the form below):

1) Synopsis of your work (no more than 1 page)

2) Personal Statement (This should be approximately 1 to 2 pages long and should be uploaded as a Word or PDF document). The statement is an important part of the application process and we invite you to introduce yourself to the judges and tell us why you feel you would particularly benefit from the bursary.

3) The first 3 to 4 chapters of your novel (uploaded as a Word or PDF document). If your novel does not follow a conventional format we would suggest you submit the first 50 pages of your novel.

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