05 February 2020
The BBC's annual 500 words competition is for stories by children aged 5 to 13
The annual BBC 500 Words competition was launched by Chris Evans in 2011 and is the UK's most successful short story-writing competition for children. In 2019 there were more than 110,000 entries. The scheme has been supported by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall since 2015 and she will be returning as an honorary judge this year.
Entries may be about anything and must be no longer than 500 words. There are two age categories: 5-9 and 10-13.
In each category there are Gold prizes (Chris Evans' height in books and 500 books for their school); Silver prizes (HRH the Duchess of Cornwall's height in books) and Bronze winners (the winner's height in books). The winners will attend a 500 Words Final at Buckingham Palace and their stories will be illustrated.
The closing date is 27 February 2020.
For full details see the website.
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