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 134,790 entries from children in 2018
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 winners will attend the spectacular 500 Words Final which this year will be at Windsor Castle. At the final superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on BBC Radio 2 and this year as an extra-special prize – Six well-known illustrators: Helen Oxenbury, Tony Ross, Susan Varley, Jarvis, David Roberts, and Briony May Smith, will each be set the task of illustrating one of the winning stories.
Also, the winners in each age category will receive:
Gold Winners - Chris Evans' height in books, 500 books for their school and an invitation to visit the set of a CBBC Production.
Silver Winners - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's height in books.
Bronze Winners - Their own height in books.
All entries must be received by Friday 8th March 2019 at 7pm.
The Final of the 2019 500 Words will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from Windsor Castle, on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, on Friday 14th June.
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