BBC 500 Words 2016
BBC 500 Words Writing Competition:
Today the BBC launched their wonderful 500 Word short story competition and we are very eager for the pupils of Brereton to take part. We are therefore inviting pupils from across the school to get planning and write their own story.
As well as submitting it online for a chance to win the wonderful prizes on offer by the BBC, we are will also be giving out prizes in school. Therefore, we ask that pupils save a copy of their story and bring it into school. This copy can be printed and illustrated or enhanced with clipart and borders. Once teachers and Governors have judged the entries we will compile all stories into a book, to be displayed within the school, celebrating the hard work and creativity of our talented pupils.
About 500 Words:
Six 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. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story for us; that’s over 215 MILLION words!
It’s very simple. Children 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 Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.
Winners will rub shoulders with the world’s biggest celebrities and massive pop-stars performing at the Final. Plus in 2016, 500 Words is delighted to welcome back real-life royalty to the competition: Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, who returns in 2016 to support the competition as an Honorary Judge! She'll be reading and debating the top 50 stories of the competition with an amazing author panel Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.
AND in the year of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, the Final will be live from the home of British story-telling, Shakespeare's Globe, on the 27th May.
The competition is open from the 18th January 2016 and closes for entries at 7pm on the 25th February.
Attached to this news items are competition rules and frequently asked questions. Please read these carefully. The official website also has lots of hints and tips, including videos, to help your child with their story. School staff are very happy to listen to ideas, read extracts or assist with submissions so if unsure please do speak to your class teacher or myself.
I really look forward to reading all of the stories!