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How Kids Can Enter 500 Words Competition

Launched in 2011. 500 Words is the UK’s most successful short story writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13. It was born from a dream that Presenter Chris Evans had and saw over 110, 000 from children in 2019 and since it launched, the competition has received over 912,986 short stories.

This BBC competition celebrates imagination and creativity – not spelling and grammar, so no matter what your child’s reading and writing ability, experience or background is, this is totally a competition that everyone is welcome to take part in.

It’s really easy to take part, all the children will need to do is write an original story that is no more than 500 words in length and then submit it online. The stories will be judged anonymously, without regard to grammar, punctuation or spelling.

Stories can be about anything children want to write about its can be as wacky as they desire, so time to get the creative thinking cap on and not to worry if it’s a struggle to get started as on the BBC website they have some top tips on how to create a terrify tale Click Here to read it


The Prize

The winners will attend the spectacular 500 Words Final which this year will be at Buckingham Palace where superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio, six amazing illustrators: Tony Ross, Fiona Lumbers, David McKee, Sue Cheung, David Roberts, and Margaret Sturton – will each be set the task of illustrating one the winning stories.

Also, the winners in each age category will receive:

  • Gold Winners – Chris Evans’ height in books, 500 books for their school.
  • Silver Winners – HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s height in books.
  • Bronze Winners – Their own height in books.

Also Brand New Prize for 2020 it doesn’t matter how good your story is just that you enter one, as one entrant will be selected at random to receive a fabulous book bundle and an invite to the final (for child plus a parent or guardian). They will also win 500 books for their school – so the more pupils a school has that has entered the more chances they have of winning a brand-new library.


The Closing Date

All entries must be received by Thursday 27th February at 8pm.

The Final of the 2020 500 Words will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from Buckingham Palace, on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, on Friday 12th June.


How to Enter

All stories must be submitted via the online form on the BBC website.

Parents, guardians and teachers will have to register for a submitter account, and they can submit stories for more than one child, so if all the family wants to take part this is no problem.

You can either cut and paste the written story to submit it or you can write it direct onto the website and save it as a draft as you go along.

Click Here to Visit the BBC Submit a Story page of their Website



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