The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition is now open for entries.
The Competition, in partnership with a group of non-governmental organisations, seeks out enthusiastic writers who want to demonstrate their journalistic abilities firsthand by examining international development issues that are all too often under-reported or overlooked. 

Entering the Competition can raise your profile as a writer.
The 40 most compelling submissions will be published on guardian.co.uk, while the top twelve shortlisted finalists will travel to Africa, Asia or South America to write a report that will feature online and in print. The overall winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in London this coming November. 

There is a full list of themes on the website but they include

• What can be done to accelerate rural education standards in developing countries?
• How can young people growing up in poverty learn to thrive in an adult world?
• Women and armed conflict – sexual violence as a weapon of war
To enter submit a 650-1000 word article on one of the set themes, uploading it using the simple online entry form.

Competition closes at midnight Sunday 12 May 2013
Full details and application form at: Guardian Journalism Competition