BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans today launched the children’s story writing competition 500 WORDS for 2014. 500 WORDS asks children aged 13 and under across the UK to put pen to paper to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words.
Every single story submitted will be read by a brilliant, book-loving army of librarians and teachers from around the UK, and head judge Richard Hammond will lead the competition’s judging panel of best-selling authors Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Francesca Simon and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, to pick three medal winners in two categories: 9 & Under; and 10-13 years.
Chris Evans says: “500 WORDS provides a glimpse into the brilliant minds of kids around the country. These stories will amuse, thrill, delight and inspire you. So please: spread the word about 500 WORDS. And if you’re aged 13 and under, get writing!”
The Top 50 entrants will all be invited to the Hay Festival for the 500 WORDS Final on Friday 30 May to hear the winners announced live on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show. The gold winners will take home Chris Evans’ height in books (6ft 2”) plus 500 books for their school, while the silver medallists pick up Alex Jones’ height in books (5ft 6”); and the bronze winners get to read their way through their own height in books! All six medallists will get to hear their stories brought to life by celebrity readers at the Hay Festival.