Legend Press

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Legend Press is an independent British book publisher founded in 2005 by Tom Chalmers, specialising in mainstream trade paperback fiction [1]. As well as the range of novels, London-based Legend Press also began an annual short story series looking to boost the popularity of short fiction and make it more aligned to today's reader and society.[2] and runs annual Luke Bitmead Bursary Award [3].

In 2011, they were shortlisted for the Independent Publisher of the Year. [4] and became part of the Legend Times Group of publishing companies founded by Tom Chalmers [5]. In 2015, they had two novels longlisted for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction [6].


Tom Chalmers set-up Legend Press in 2005 aged 25 and is part of seven publishing related companies he has founded [7]. In March 2007, Chalmers was shortlisted for the UK Young Publisher of the Year Award.[1]

In October 2007 Chalmers was shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.[8] The annual award is part of the Real Business/CBI Growing Business Awards.

In 2012, Chalmers set up global licensing platform, IPR License [9] which he sold in 2016 to Frankfurt Book Fair [10]

Chalmers is a member of and writes regularly for the Founders Society [11].


  1. ^ "SYP member nominated for UK Young Publisher of the Year", The Society of Young Publishers, 4 April 2007.

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