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Enter the 500 Words Competition

Enter the 500 Words Competition

The BBC’s 500 Words competition is back!

If you like writing short stories, this is the perfect competition for you!

All you have to do is write an original story on any subject or theme you like – just make sure you use 500 Words (or fewer)

You could win one of many amazing prizes – how do you fancy winning a pile of books that’s taller than you are?!

If your story makes it to the final, you get to go to a brilliant party at the Tower of London, AND all the winning stories are read out on the radio by a superstar celeb

Visit the 500 Words website to find out more and to discover some tips and tricks for writing a spectacular short story

Good luck!

Information for adults


Visit our School Zone to access free resources and Challenge ideas for your class.


Visit our Home Zone, full of useful Challenge information for parents, grandparents and carers. For information about supporting reading in the early years visit our Pre-School Zone.


Visit our Library Zone to find libraries near you running the challenge, and how to take part.