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500 Words Competition!

500 Words is back for 2017!
Do you want to hear your child or pupil championed live on the radio to 10 million people? 
We were so proud of all 123,436 kids who entered a story into 500 Words in 2016. Whether that was your child or pupil, they really were part of something very special. The competition returns this year and it’s even bigger and better than ever, so we thought we’d let you know what we’ve got planned. 
500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world. Over half a million kids around the UK have written a story for us; that’s over 277 MILLION words! 
Winners have their story read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Sir Kenneth Branagh, Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories. 
Stories entered into the competition might even be read by royalty, as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall returns in 2017 as Honorary Judge! She’ll be reading and debating the shortlisted stories of the competition with our panel of judges, to select the winners. 
Plus, the 500 Words Final takes to the stage in one of the most exciting venues in the UK this year: The Tower of London. We’ll have a huge live audience, so every child who enters the competition will be entered into a ballot to receive tickets to the Final. 
The competition is open for entries NOW and closes for entries at 7pm on the 23rd February, so make sure you encourage your kids to have a go. Enter at 
We’ve got LOADS of helpful resources on our website and they’re all free to use. We’ve got learning packs, Alphabot, videos with our celebrity author judges (including Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon and former children’s laureate, Malorie Blackman) and lots more. PLUS you can re-watch our Live Lesson webcast, packed full of brand new tips for 2017 – giving your children or pupils the best chance of taking home a Gold medal! 
We look forward to reading every story. And remember: if you’re a teacher or a librarian and want to get involved and be a judge in our competition, you can sign up on our website while the competition is open! 
Best wishes, 
The 500 Words Team
BBC Radio 2
Wogan House
W1N 7NY 
Where every child matters and individuals are valued.