500 WORDS Short Storywriting Competition 2012

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ENTER the 500 WORDS Short Story Competition

Calling all budding young writers! Chris Evans has launched the second 500 WORDS short story competition, open to anyone in the UK aged 13 and under.

Last year we had nearly 30,000 entries and this year is going to be bigger and better than ever. We have two age categories: 9 and under and 10 – 13. (The closing date for the competition is Thursday 1 March, World Book Day). The story has to be 500 words or fewer, and has to be an original fictional work by the entrant.

The writers of the 50 best stories will be invited to join us when we broadcast for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show live from the Hay Festival on Friday 1 June. We will have a Bronze, Silver and Gold winner in each of the two age categories, and some great prizes:

Bronze Winner – win your own height in books;
Silver Winner – win Alex Jones’ from the One Show’s height in books;
Gold Winner – Chris Evans’ height in books plus 500 books for your school library.

The winning stories will also be read out live on air at the Hay Festival by six celebrities.

We will be looking for Teachers and Librarians to join in too and help us judge the entries in the initial stage of the competition. Last year 900 wonderful Teachers and Librarians helped us to mark our stories. We will be inviting 25 Teachers and Librarian Volunteers along to the live broadcast in Hay on 1 June to say thank you for all their hard work.

The five brilliant judges, responsible for choosing the winning stories are:

  • David Walliams
  • Dame Jacqueline Wilson
  • Lauren Child
  • Charlie Higson
  • Andy Stanton

See their top tips for writing a winning entry on the 500 WORDS website.

Quote from Chris: “We were overwhelmed last year to be inundated with thousands of truly creative and fantastic entries from nearly 30,000 kids, and in 2012 we need your help to make the competition even bigger than before”.

Winner of aged 9 and under category Angus Barrett, Chris Evans and Richard Hammond.