500 Words launches special Black Lives Matter edition


30 June 2020
Children between 5 and 13 are invited to submit 500-word stories responding to themes and issues around the Black Lives Matter movement

The new edition of 500 Words on was announced on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio yesterday. The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of issues relating to the Black Lives Matter movement amongst young people.

The competition is supported by OUP, who will conduct research into the demographics of entrants and what this means in terms of opportunities for BAME and all children.

Children in age ranges between 5 and 9 and 10 to 13, of any ethnicity, are invited to submit stories responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. The competition is hosted by Angelica Ball and Michael Underwood, and the judging panel is Malorie Blackman, Franl Cottrell-Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon.

Selected stories will be read on air and some may be turned into podcasts. Finalists wil be invited to a day of events starting out at Virgin Radio Breakfast Show (as soon as government guidelines permit this). 100 finalists may have their stories published in an anthology.

Stories must be original, unpublished, and no longer than 500 words. Entry is free.

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The closing date is 3 July.

For full details see the website.

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