Unpublished author Jamie Crook has won this year's Luke Bitmead Writer's Bursary for his novel Sleeping Patterns.
He was presented with the £2,500 cheque as well as a publishing contract with Legend Press at a ceremony in central London last night (1st December).
Joanna Gocke took second place for her novel The River House, with Mike Griffiths handed third place for his novel One Day I had a Hiccup.
M.d. Tom Chalmers praised Sleeping Patterns as "a fantastic novel, which is unique and engaging in its literary style, with great commercial potential. The judging panel were gripped with Jamie's narrative and the Legend Press team cannot wait to start working with Jamie on this outstanding novel."
He added: "Life is often incredibly tough for aspiring writers, and this bursary offers the perfect opportunity to support and develop talented authors. It is an honour to be working with Luke's family on this brilliant award, and I know Luke would be delighted by the opportunities the prize creates."
The fund was set up following the death of novelist Luke Bitmead in 2006 at the age of 34; his novel White Summer was one of the first to be published by Legend Press.