International Development Journalism Competition Issues Call for Entries

The Guardian newspaper has today launched a journalism competition which aims to highlight issues in the developing world under-represented by the media.

The paper's International Development Journalism competition requires entrants to write a 650-1000 word feature on an aspect of global poverty that deserves greater media exposure.

Entries can be made until the 13th of next month and the 16 best writers – eight amateur and eight professional – will be chosen from a long list of around 40.

The 16 finalists will travel to a developing country to research a new assignment and their work will be published in two Guardian newspaper supplements. The final two winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.

The competition, which is run in partnership with a group of UK-based international non-governmental organisations, is now in its fourth year.

The competition attracted more than 400 entries awards last year, with Reuters' correspondent Simon Akam winning the professional prize.

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