By entering this competition, you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions ('Terms'). All entry instructions form part of these Terms.
This competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over who is a resident of the UK, Republic of Ireland and other countries of the British Commonwealth, except for employees (and their families) of Harvill Secker, an imprint of The Random House Group Limited ('Publisher') or Telegraph Media Group Limited ('Promoter') and any other company connected with the competition.
The closing date for the competition is 23:59 30th November 2013 GMT ('Closing Date').
Each entrant must submit the following in order to enter the competition:
(a) the first 5,000 words of a previously unpublished work of fiction aimed at adult readers and written in the English language ('Novel'), submitted as a single-sided Word document, double spaced in font size 12 point, with page numbers; and
(b) a detailed two-page synopsis which includes details of the Novel's plot, main characters and ending,
(c) a 100-word biography; and
(d) payment to the Promoter of the £5 entry fee;
Each Entry must:
(a) be submitted to the Promoter via the web form at the following URL: www.telegraph.co.uk/crimecomp and
(b) include the entrant's full name, date of birth, photograph and contact details (including a home address and a telephone number).
Each entrant warrants to the Publisher that:
(a) they have not previously had a full length novel written or co-authored by them (under any name) published under a valid ISBN;
(b) they do not have a literary agent; and
(c) their Entry is original to them, does not infringe copyright or any other intellectual property right and does not defame or invade the privacy rights of any third party, or infringe any other legal rights, regulations or laws.
Each entrant can submit one Entry only and once submitted, entries cannot be amended (except in accordance with any subsequent publishing agreement entered into between the entrant and Publisher).
The winning entrant will be offered an advance payment of £5,000 (to be paid in three instalments) on entering into a publishing contract with the Publisher ('Prize') and will be required to agree to license exclusive world publishing rights in all print, electronic, audio and any other media formats in the Novel to the Publisher on acceptance of the Prize. Shortlisted entrants may also be offered publishing deals with the Publisher. Subject to any such contractual agreement, entrants will retain their legal rights to their Entries.
Entries that do not comply with Terms (by example Entries received after the Closing Date) will not be accepted by the Publisher. The Publisher is not responsible for delayed or lost Entries. Entrants are advised to retain a copy of their Entry.
A panel of judges will select the winning entry on the basis of editorial merit within sixty-two (62) week days of the closing date (i.e. by 31st January) and the winner will be notified by email within two (2) weeks days of the closing date (i.e. by 14th February) If the winner does not claim the prize, or does not enter into a publishing contract with the Publisher, within two (2) weeks of being informed that he/she has won, the Publisher may withdraw the prize from the winner and award the prize to another entrant, who will then become the new winner.
Events may occur that render the awarding of the Prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Publisher and the Publisher may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the Prize with or without notice. The Publisher reserves the right not to award the prize if there is no submission of sufficient merit.
Winning and shortlisted entrants agree to the Publisher's and Promoter's use and publication of their name, country of residence and photograph in relation to the Publisher's/Promoter's publicity activities and agree to participate at times reasonably requested by the Publisher or Promoter (subject to entrant's commitments) in promotional/publicity activity (including, but not limited to, interviews and various forms of social media) relating to the competition.
The Publisher and Promoter will use the personal details of entrants only for the purpose of this competition, unless an entrant opts in to receive marketing material from the Promoter and Publisher. Personal details will not be kept on file by the Publisher and will not be passed on to any third parties. The winner's name will be available on upon the Promoter's receipt of a stamped addressed envelope sent to Harvill Secker Crime Writing Prize, Editorial Telegraph Media Group, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1V 0DT.
The Publisher's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to this competition. No cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable by the winner.
These Terms are subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
The contact details of the Promoter of this competition are: The Daily Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1V 0DT. The contact details of the Publisher are: Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition, Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 2SA.