BBC 500 Words – competition launch
The Radio 2 500 Words competition launches today, Monday 15 January. It is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world, and helps to get children excited about reading and writing.
This year, the live final event will be held on 8 June at Hampton Court Palace! Every child who takes part will be entered into a draw to attend the event.
How it works
It’s very simple. Children write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 words or fewer and submit it online. Over 130,000 children took part in the competition last year, and the winners have their stories read live on Radio 2 by a superstar celebrity!
There are two age categories, 5-9 and 10-13, and stories can be entered from now until the deadline on Thursday 22 February.