This is a competition for writers without a publishing deal or agent.

The winner of the Exeter Novel Competition picks up £500, a trophy and exposure that can help with publication. Five runners up will each receive £75 and a trophy. The entry fee is £18. There is an option to enter and receive a one page report, which costs £80.

The contest is open for submissions until midnight on January 1st 2017. Entries must be the author’s own work. The novel does not have to be complete. Self-published novels are acceptable.

Organisers want to see the first ten thousand words including synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. The competition is open to all authors who are currently without representation by a literary agent, whether or not they have been published.

London literary agent Broo Doherty (pictured) of DHH Agency will judge the six shortlisted entries.

The winner will be announced at an Exeter award ceremony in April 2017.

Read the rules and enter online at Creative Writing Matters.