Courses and Competitions: BBC 500 Words

BBC 500 wordsAre you aged between 5- 13? BBC Radio 2’s 500 words short story writing competition is back for 2015.

The competition is to encourage children to write and is open to ages 5-13. The competition will be split into two age categories: 5-9 and 10-13. (if you will be within the age of 5-13 on 29th May 2015 then you qualify.)

They are asking for an original piece of fiction, 500 words in length to be submitted by the closing date of Thursday 26th February at 19.00 (any entry made after this time wont be counted.)

It’s easy. Write your story, type it and then submit it via the 500 words website. It can be about any fictional topic of your choosing.

There are gold, silver and bronze prizes up for grabs in each age category.

Last year, the prizes was amazing. Not only were the gold winners in each age category awarded five hundred books for their school library, they personally won Chris Evans’ (BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show host,) height in books. That’s 1.88 meters worth of books.

The silver prize was Alex Jones'(Chris’s One Show co-host) height in books and bronze was the winner’s own height in books. Some fantastic prizes there and 2015 will be no different.

The final will also be taking place at St James’s Palace in London. Fifty finalists will be invited with the winners being announced live on Radio 2.

For more information, rules and details on how to enter, visit the website:

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Novel Kicks was founded in 2009 and is run by Laura who is currently living in Hampshire, and lives with husband, Chris and her cat, Buddy. She would love to be a writer. She’s trying to write the novel she thinks so much about. She’s loved reading and writing since ‘Creative Writing’ classes in primary school. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything she can get her hands on, she loves reading, dancing like a loon, and watching Project Runway and Ugly Betty (her two TV guilty pleasures.) She also has an obsession with chocolate and Jammie Dodgers.

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