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BBC 500 Word Competition

This year, Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in the BBC's 500 Word Writing Competition. 


All entries must be submitted by: Monday 6th November 2023. 


Please note all stories must be typed and will be submitted by your child's class teacher.


There will be 3 winner selected from each class, who will receive a hamper filled with English goodies. 


All entries will also be submitted to the BBC for the National Competition. 



The stories

Here at 500 Words we want children to have fun writing their stories, be as creative as they can and make us laugh, cry or just be blown away by what we are reading. Over the years there have been incredible stories submitted. There are very few rules on 500 Words but a few points to remember:


All the stories must:

  • Be 500 words or less (title is not included in the number)
  • Be written by an individual and not a group
  • Be a child’s own original idea
  • Be prose, not rap or poem


Stories must not:

  • Give any personal details of the child, including their name
  • Recount an historical event (but they can use a real person or historical character as a source of inspiration)


All stories will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Character
  • Plot
  • Originality
  • Language
  • Enjoyment


Looking for inspiration?