500 Words has been running for six years and is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world.
Pupils should 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, such as 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 the amazing author panel: Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.
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.
Full details are available by following the link below. Happy writing!