Updated 16th January 2021
Once again it is time for BBC Radio 2’s writing competition for children aged between 5 and 13. BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words is open to any budding authors who love writing short stories. You can participate as an individual or with your school. The choice is your own as to how you take part.
Are you interested in knowing more about this competition, keep reading and you will find out just what you need to do to enter.
500 Words 2020 – What Is It?
This competition is back for another year. Since being launched in 2011, it has saw 912,986 short stories entered. Last year showed over 110,000 competition entries.
BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words writing competition has become the biggest in the world for children. As the only requirement is a short story with no more than 500 words which can be about anything you want such as aliens, your family or even yourself. One thing to note about the competition is that grammar, punctuation and spelling are not important and the stories are judged anonymously.
To Submit Entries
Submitting entries for the competition must be done using the submission form from BBC Radio 2. This can be found online, and the same form is used for both an individuals or schools. An individual class or the school as a whole can be registered by schools.
Submitter Registration Account
Teachers, parents and Guardians must register for the Submitter’s Account. Once this has been done, then teachers are able to make use of the multiple uploader tool which lets them save a whole class’ drafts to their account at the same time. This tool is a great help and very handy too. Therefore, once all the stories have been finished and everyone is happy, then they can submit them all together.
Click the button below and create your Submitter Registration Account.
Closing Date For Entries
This year’s final entries date for the competition is Thursday 27th February 2020 at 8pm sharp, still time to get started on writing those short stories.
Before submitting any entries, the entrants need to complete stages 1 to 6 first. Make sure to check these out and take note that you are able to type on places like word and then copy and paste your story onto the submission form (make sure to check the rules if you plan to do this).
Rules And Regulations
Before submitting your entries make sure you check out the rules and regulations .
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are unsure about anything and would like some guidance or just to look at something from before, you can check out our FAQ section by clicking below.
There are two age groups for the prizes and these are 5-9 years old and 10-13 years old. Each age group has Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.
The prizes for each category consist of:
Gold Winners – The height of Chris Evans in books (they also get 500 books for their school).
Silver Winners – The height of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in books.
Bronze Winners – The height of themselves in books.
Click the button below and find out more about all the prizes.
Important Dates To Remember
BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words 2020 is OPEN right now, so get writing and submitting your stories. Always keep a copy for yourself because once you have submitted your entry, they will not be returned.
The competition this year will close on Thursday 27th February 2020 at 8pm sharp. After this time, no more entries will be accepted. Make sure not to leave your stories to the last minute.
This years final of 500 words will take place in a location in London which has not been disclosed yet. It will take place on Friday June 12th, where the winners of each category and overall winners for each age group will be announced live by Zoe Ball on her BBC2 Breakfast show.
Like To Be A Judge
Do you fancy being one of the judges for the competition this year, then if you are a Teacher or Librarian and you are interested, register a Judge Account and apply to be a volunteer judge.
If you are interested and would like to create a Judge’s account or just more information on what to do to become a judge for the competition this year then click here.
Have You Not Started Yet, Lets Get Going
Do not worry about spelling, grammar and punctuation, just let your imagination run wild and write an amazing story about absolutely anything at all.
If you are looking for helpful tips and hints, or would like to get are learning pack then visit the BBC Radio 2 website. There is lots of information plus tips and hints to help you if you are worrying about getting writers block. I am sure that as soon as you get those pens and pencils going, stopping them will be the hard thing.
By visiting this website, there are so many other things you have access to. You can check out stories from all the previous years that the competition has run. You can watch and listen to previous podcasts and there is also the availability to see what happened at the 2019 Final. This will also let you know who the winners were and what they thought about the experience of taking part and making it to the final.
I would certainly suggest that you visit the website and see what is available to you in case you find that you are needing any extra help or support but most of all enjoy yourself while writing your amazing story.
My Overall Opinion
I think this is an excellent opportunity for any child who loves writing stories. It is an ideal way for people to see the kind of material you are producing even at a young age. You never know, there could be that one publisher who loves your work and offers you that golden chance.
I am interested to hear your views on the BBC Radio 2 – 500 Words competition. Do you have , or know off any youngsters who love letting their imagination run wild while writing stories. Perhaps this could be interesting to them or they could tell their friends and their school.
It would be interesting to hear back from anyone who has entered, just to find out what they thought about the experience and to know if they made it into the last 50.
If you have any questions or feedback on this article, then please leave them in the comment section below or contact me at WealthyAffiliate.com and I will be more than happy to answer them.
Images – courtesy of BBC Radio 2 and Radio Times.