Strategy, Ideas, Design and Development

+44 (0)161 228 7171

BBC Radio 2's '500 Words' 2014 launch

We help launch Radio 2's '500 Words' competition

20th January, 2014

This morning Chris Evans and the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show team officially launched '500 Words' - the much loved children's writing competition they've run for the last few years. The competition challenges children under the age of 13 to write a short story in no more than 500 words – with some pretty awesome prizes on offer for winners, including winning their own height in books (Chris said they can wear platforms if they are really teeny) and having a tip top celebrity perform their story to the nation. 

We were commissioned by BBC Radio & Music Multiplatform to develop the online submission process for the competition, which last year attracted over 90,000 entries. The system we created is an extension of the submission process we delivered for BBC writersroom and we are hoping it will help them see well over 100,000 entries this year.

We also created an ‘Alphabot’ – a fun random word generator that will stimulate creativity and ward off the dreaded writers’ block as the children are writing their stories. Entries can be submitted anytime from now until the 26th February and Chris Evans said it's the best website he's ever seen. Thanks Christoph!