Write a winning water story

Calling all budding journalists - write a water story and compete for the chance to be published by The Guardian.

19 Apr 2013

Returning for its sixth successive year, The Guardian International Development competition aims to find aspiring journalists and highlight some of the most challenging issues facing the developing world today.

WaterAid is proud to be one of The Guardian’s 12 partner charities who are each sponsoring a competition theme. Our theme is ‘Were the MDGs worth it?’. 

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed by world leaders in the year 2000. They included the pledge to “halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”. 

More than two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources. However, nearly four in ten people (39%) in sub-Saharan Africa – around 800 million of the world's poorest people – still lack access to safe water.

Your challenge is to write a feature of 650 to 1000 words on this subject or another global poverty theme that deserves greater media exposure.  

The 40 best submissions will be published on and the 12 most compelling writers will be flown to Africa, Asia or South America to write of their first-hand experiences of issues affecting the developing world. The finalists’ pieces will be published in a Guardian newspaper supplement.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 12 May 2013. For more details of the competition, including information on how to enter, visit The Guardian website.

Get writing and good luck!