I've entered the Delacorte '07 YA contest. The rules say that I can not be represented by an agent. However, if I don't win (and I don't have an agent), but they want to publish my manuscript can I contact an agent at that time? Would I have to wait to contact an agent after the 31st of April? That's when the winner will be announced. Even though an agent usually gets a better deal, wouldn't an editor rather work with an agent than with someone who has never published? Sometimes a winner isn't chosen for the contest, but I've heard that sometimes they still publish from the entries.