Budding writers can now enter the Commonwealth Foundation's 2011 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £2000 and there will be four regional prizes of £500.
The 2011 Commonwealth Day theme encapsulates the idea that by investing in women and girls we can accelerate social, economic and political progress.
This year's competition also includes two special prizes of £500 each: one for the best short story on this year's Commonwealth Day theme, 'Women as Agents of Change', and the other for the best short story for children.
Entries are invited from all writers, professional and amateur alike, who are citizens of a Commonwealth country and are aged 19 or over. Entries should be original, unpublished, in English, no more than 600 words in length and on any subject. The deadline for entries is 1 March 2011.
For more information visit: www.commonwealthfoundation.com/shortstory
The annual competition is managed by the Commonwealth Foundation in association with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Established in 1996, the competition aims to increase understanding and appreciation of Commonwealth cultures and to promote literary talent and new creative writing for radio.