English Links: Have a Look! BBC 500 words 2018 Writing Competition

Dear Year 4,

Using your creative writing skills, why not have a go at writing your own story and submitting it?

BBC 500 words 2018

Chris Evans’ short story-writing competition for kids, in association with Oxford University Press.


Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world: Three quarters of a million children have written a story for the competition over the years!

It’s very simple. Entrants 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…like Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.