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Chris Evans – 500 Words 2016

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Please note: the 2016 competition is now closed for entries. 

*We are delighted that our own Head Librarian, Louise Beeson, has once again been asked to help pre-judge this year’s competition entries …… no mean feat with the calibre of applicants, again, being of an extremely high standard.*

500 Words

Six years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story; that’s over 215 MILLION words!

It’s very simple.

Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville or Sherlock himself -Benedict Cumberbatch.

Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.

Winners will rub shoulders with the world’s biggest celebrities and massive pop-stars performing at the final. Plus in 2016, 500 Words is delighted to welcome back real-life royalty to the competition: Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, who returns in 2016 to support the competition as the Honorary Judge! She’ll be reading and debating the top 50 stories of the competition with our amazing author panel: Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.

AND in the year of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the final will be live from the home of British story-telling, Shakespeare’s Globe, on the 27th May.

 For further information, lots of fun links and to check on the competition progress please follow this link –




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