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Enter BBC's 500 Words competition!

Enter BBC's 500 Words competition!

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500 Words, the biggest children’s writing competition in the UK, is back!

This competition run by the BBC is for all 5-11 years olds to write an amazing story of 500 words or under. This is a chance for you to have fun and be creative to write a story that you would love to read. 

A team of bestselling authors will be judging the competition, including Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson, Malorie Blackman and Sir Lenny Henny, and the competition has the royal seal of approval of Her Majesty, Queen Camilla. 

The winners will receive some incredible prizes, including book tokens and books, and celebrities to read their stories to be publishers on the BBC website and shown on a special TV programme!

The competition is open from Tuesday 26 September to Friday 10 November 2023

There are lots of story-writing tips and story starters online to help get you going. 

Find out more about the 500 Words competition

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Information for adults


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