500 Words- BBC short story competition

500 Words 2020- BBC short story competition- Y4, Y5 & Y6 all entering a story this year!


I am delighted to announce the launch of yet another writing competition; The BBC 500 Words Competition 2020. This is a nationwide short story competition (for children aged 5 to 13) created by Chris Evans in 2011 for the BBC and is judged by The Duchess of Cornwall. The competition will opened at 8am on Thursday 16th January and close on the 27th February at 8pm

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 and it does not matter how good your story is just that you enter one. 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.

This year at St Stephens, all of the children in Y4, Y5 & Y6 will all be entering this nationwide story competition. Over the next few week’s teachers will prepare the children in these classes to write a story in class using excellent teaching materials provided by BBC. Once fully prepared and first draft complete, children will be submit their stories according to their class teacher’s instructions.

Children in Rec, Y1, Y2 & Y3 could also enter the competition at home by writing a story and submitting their stories at the BBC online form at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/59TwKqqLp3LTpRVfPlsKtx9/submit-a-story