You've written a novel that you love. You've found an agent that has fallen in love with it? Lots of people have said nice things about it but still no publishing contract? The To Hell with Publishing: Award was made for you.
It was set up to support debut fiction. It is a unique prize aimed at authors who have a UK literary agent but are not yet published. First prize is £5,000 (more than many publishers would even consider as an advance in these hard times) and the hope is that this will help the winner’s chances of securing a publishing deal. All first works of fiction written by a UK resident will be eligible but the author must be represented by a UK literary agency and must be unpublished up until the point of the longlist announcement in December.Deadline November 4th 2010.