The Telegraph has joined forces with Harville Secker to launch a crime writing competition which offers a £5,000 book deal.

Would-be crime writers must submit the first 5,000 words of their novel, along with a two-page detailed synopsis of how the rest of the book unfolds, including the ending. The book does not have to be finished, but must include an international element of some kind.

Harville Secker will offer the winner a publishing deal and non-returnable advance of £5,000. An extract will also be published in The Telegraph. There is an administrative charge of £5.

In addition, The Telegraph will publish a number of master classes written by crime writers on its website – the first being from Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo and available to read NOW at telegraph.co.uk/crimecomp.

Something for Elizabeth and Ed?