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500 Words Chris

500 Words

4th December, 2013

For the last few years Chris Evans has run a really popular kids writing competition as part of his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show. '500 Words' challenges children under the age of 13 to write a short story that... you guessed it, is 500 words long. This year’s competition saw over 90,000 entries with kids writing stories about dragons, monsters, wizards and their love of One Direction (we're massive Harry fans obviously).

There are always amazing prizes on offer to the winners which include having celebrities such as Michael Palin and Barney Harwood (Blue Peter presenter and GOD to many children) reading their stories out at Hay Literature Festival and winning their height in books.

Why are we telling you all this? Well, it's because we've just been appointed by the team there to create the online submission system for the 2014 competition which will launch in January. 

We'll actually be building on an existing submissions system that we recently created for BBC writersroom. It's a really sweet competition and we're happy to be involved. If you have kids then get them to ready their imaginations and fingers for mid January.