Competition Corner – Welcome to 500 Words 2017

Does your child love to write stories? Then this may be the competition for them: the BBC is holding a story writing competition where the children can write a fictional story (no more than 500 words)  via an online entry form available at

Entries must be an original piece of fiction and not an account of real events either historical ones or current. Further information is available from the above address.

The entries will be judged on the following criteria:-

Originality, plot, characterisation, language and enjoyment.

The top 50 stories shortlisted will receive a pair of tickets to the Final in London on the 16th June 2017 for the live broadcast of the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

Prizes will be awarded to the 3 finalists in each age category: 2 Gold winners will win Chris Evans’ height in books (6’2″) and 500 books each for their school. The 2 Silver winners will win Her Royal Highness The Dutchess of Cornwall’s height in books (5’6″). The Bronze winners will win their own height in books.

Competition closes on Thursday 23rd February so not long, but I’m sure they would love to take part.

Good luck to all who take part.