Luke Bitmead Bursary shortlist from Legend

<p>Legend Press has announced the eight authors shortlisted for this year&#39;s Luke Bitmead Bursary, set up to support the work of struggling and as yet unpublished writers.</p><p>The eight writers in question are: Alex Singer, for <em>Tea at the Grand Tazi</em>; Sandi Fikuart for <em>The Fourth Chimurenga &shy; The Uprising</em>; Brian Jenkinson for <em>The Executioner</em>; Duncan Abel for <em>The Way Home</em>; Paul Shapira for <em>Genuine Brave Circle</em>; Richard Harris for <em>Haze</em>; Sarah Hunter Carson for <em>All Her Bones Were Silver</em>; and Sophie Duffy for <em>The Generation Game</em>.</p><p>The Bursary was founded by Luke Bitmead&#39;s family in association with the publisher shortly after his death in 2006 at the age of 34. Bitmead&#39;s novel White Summer was the first to be published by Legend Press, which describes him as &quot;one of the UK&#39;s most talented up-and-coming writers.&quot;</p><p>The winner of this year&#39;s Bursary will be announced on 20th January, and will receive a cash prize and a publishing contract with Legend for 2011. The award will be judged by Legend Press, Bitmead&#39;s mother and sister Elaine Hanson and Tiffany Orton, and authors Zoe Jenny and Sam Mills. Previous winners of the award are Andrew Blackman (<em>On the Holloway Road</em>) and Ruth Dugdall (<em>The Woman Before Me</em>).</p><p>Legend Press m.d. Tom Chalmers said he had been delighted to discover Blackman and Dugdall through the Bursary and added: &quot;We are honoured to be working with Luke&sup1;s family on this literary award, which is growing year-on-year. Luke would have loved the idea of another struggling talented writer being supported on the difficult road to securing their first publishing deal.&quot;</p>