Updated 23rd January 2020
Here we are at the time of year again for the BBC Radio 2 writing competition for children aged between 5 and 13. This is known as BBC Radio 2 – 500 Words and is for any budding authors who love writing short stories. This is something that can be done through the school or as individual. The choice is up to the person writing the story.
If you are interested in knowing more about this great writing competition, then keep reading and I will let you know what you need to do to enter.
What Is 500 Words 2019
This competition is back again for another year, making this the 8th year it has been running. In 2018 there were 134,790 children entered the competition. and since the launch there has been 800,000 short-stories.
BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words writing competition is the biggest in the world for children. It is very simple to enter and the only requirement needed is a short story of no more than 500 words and about absolutely anything at all that you want to write about. Please note that grammar, punctuation and spelling are not taken into account when the stories are judged and they are done anonymously.
To Submit Entries
To submit your entries for this competition, you need to use the submission form from BBC Radio 2 which is available online. You can use the same form for both an individual or a school. Schools can enter an individual class or the school as a whole.
Submitter Registration Account
Teachers, parents and Guardians need to register for the Submitter’s Account. Once this has been done then teachers, have the ability to save the drafts of a whole class to their account at the same time with the multiple uploader tool which is a very handy and helpful tool. This also means that once the stories are finished and everyone is happy with them then they can submit them all together.
To create your Submitter Registration Account click below.
Closing Date For Entries
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
If you would like to check our rules and regulations before you submit your entries, then please click on the link below.
Competition 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 then you can check out our FAQ section by clicking on the link 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.
To find out more about all the prizes then click the button below.
Important Dates To Remember
BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words 2019 is now OPEN, so get writing and submitting your stories. Remember to keep a copy for yourself as once submitted they cannot be returned.
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 14th, 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.
For more information on how you go about being a judge for this years competition then click on the button above to create a Judge’s account for yourself.
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 want any helpful tips or would like to get are learning pack then visit the BBC Radio 2 website. There are lots of information as well as tips and hints to help you if you are worried you may get writers block. Although I am sure that once those pens and pencils get going, it will be hard to stop them.
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 2018 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 that 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.
To every child who loves to write stories of any kind, I say GO FOR IT. This could be your time to get noticed and you have the same possibility of winning these great prizes as any other child who has entered.
I would like to hear what your views are on the BBC Radio 2 – 500 Words competition. Do you have or know any youngsters who love to let their imagination run wild and write stories, this could be something they would perhaps be interested in 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.