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‘500 Words’ is the UK’s most successful short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13.

In 2018 134,790 children entered the competition
It was launched back in 2011, after Chris Evans had a dream. He dreamt of getting children excited about reading and writing. All children: no matter what their ability, experience, or background.

In 2018 134,790 children entered the competition, and since it launched, the competition has received over 800,000 short stories.
It’s super simple. All entrants must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING you want – space-ships, grannies, insects, microwaves. The list is endless!
The ‘500 Words’ competition is open. Make sure you get your entries in by 7pm on Friday 8th March.  Click here for full details

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