A quick reminder about this novel writing competition. There's a £20,000 book deal on offer for the winner - but not long left to enter and you have to be a UK author, not currently represented by an agent, to be eligible.
In case you're thinking there's no point entering these things, I'd like to tell you a short, true story... I once won a novel writing competition. The prize wasn't so good and the company running no longer exists (the book does), but I got to do a book signing in Waterstones, picked up some royalties and it kick started my writing career.
Someone will win this competition too. Why shouldn't it be you?