BBC Radio 2 500 Words Children's Writing Competition Now Open For 2020!

The UK's largest story writing competition for kids is back for its tenth year!
BBC Radio 2 500 Words Children's Writing Competition Now Open For 2020!

Do you have a budding author at home hoping to become a writer one day? The BBC Radio 2 500 Words Children's Writing Competition is now open for entries!

This is a competition open to children aged 5 to 13 years, and it's really easy to enter. They just need to write an original story in 500 words or fewer and submit it online.

All entrants must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING you want – space-ships, grannies, insects, time travel. The list is endless!

What are the prizes?

As well attending a spectacular 500 Words Final 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.

The winners in each age category will also receive:

Gold Winners - Chris Evans' height in books and 500 books for their school.

Silver Winners - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's height in books.

Bronze Winners - Their own height in books.

There is also a BRAND NEW Prize for 2020! 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.

There's lots more information on the official websitehere, along with details of how to submit your entry, the rules, and how to get involved as a teacher or librarian. Entries can be submitted online until Thursday 27th February 2020 at 20:00.

Have fun, and best of luck!

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  • Michelle T.

    Thank you, Aimee entered this before and will again xx

    • Rachel C.

      Definitely, been talking to my class about this for ages x

      • Gail H.

        Aww fab thanks lovely. Isaac will love this :kissing_heart::heart:xxx

        • Emma P.

          I heard about this on the radio yesterday morning x

          • Sarah R.

            Not Regan's forte :-( maybe in a couple of years

            • Nichola W.

              Thabks Hun, il show her xxx

              • Catherine S.

                Thank you lovely x Niamh is working away on her entry. Eeekkk

                • John R.

                  We do this in our English class

                  • Kaarren L.

                    I know I saw this. Need to remember it tomorrow. Knowing Erin she will be straight on the case

                    • Julia V.

                      Thank you, my class did this last year. Will try to fit it in again :blush:

                      • Gabi B.

                        She has already started her story :relaxed::thumbsup_tone2:

                        • Maria W.

                          Thanks Hun, she entered it last year but didn't get through. I'm sure she will want to try again x

                          • Shell J.

                            Evie might be interested in this x

                            • Donna W.

                              wondered if you do this? We love it x