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Short Story Writing Competition ‘500 words’ on BBC Radio 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are inviting all children aged 5 to 11 to take part in this exciting competition launched on BBC Radio 2. As part of their English homework, each child is asked to enter a competition by writing a short story of their choice, no longer than 500 words, via the BBC website by the 27th February. Children, who for various reasons can’t access this task at home, are welcome to use laptops in 6S during lunch times on Mondays and Wednesdays.
What are the prizes?

As well attending a spectacular 500 Words Final at Buckingham Palace where superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio, six amazing illustrators: Tony Ross, Fiona Lumbers, David McKee, Sue Cheung, David Roberts, and Margaret Sturton – will each be set the task of illustrating one the winning stories.

The winners in each age category will also receive:

Gold Winners - Chris Evans' height in books and 500 books for their school.

Silver Winners - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's height in books.

Bronze Winners - Their own height in books.


There is also a BRAND NEW Prize for 2020 and it doesn’t matter how good your story is just that you enter one. One entrant will be selected at random to receive a fabulous book bundle and an invite to the final (for child plus a parent or guardian). They will also win 500 books for their school – so the more pupils a school has that has entered the more chances they have of winning a brand new library.


Our very own Mrs Abdel-All, who is an adjudicator for this competition, has said that all of our children are ready for this exciting challenge.
Further details, including rules and conditions, can be found on the following website:

Happy Writing!

Teachers of Whitings Hill Primary School