BBC Radio 2 & Hay Festival Children’s Writing Competition
BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show host Chris Evans has launched a children’s story writing competition called “500 WORDS”. This asks children under 14 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 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 and under & 10 to 13 years.
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 a 5ft 6” high pile of books - the height of BBC TV’s co-presenter of The One Show, Alex Jones. The bronze winners get to read their way through their own height in books and all six medallists will get to hear their stories brought to life by celebrity readers at the Hay Festival.