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What's the 500 Words experience like?

When I entered 500 Words I really didn't think that I could claim the bronze medal. Finding out that I was a winner left me speechless; it was an incredible experience and a huge achievement for me any many of the finalists that took part. From entering with my story, to getting the email stating that I had got into the top 50, and attending the final in which I came 3rd.

Evie with Noma Dumezweni at the 500 Words Final
The whole event was so surreal
Evie McKeon, Bronze winner, 2017

The whole event was so surreal and I am proud that I have managed to raise awareness of Guide Dogs across Britain and how life for the blind is, while thoroughly enjoying myself. Wining my height in books was also great and I haven't stopped reading since, but better still they were all news books to me and I hasn't read a single one before.

Due to this I have been introduced to new series and different genres which has been a nice change. Meeting all the celebrities and my fellow finalists was also marvellous and I made some friends too.

The day was just flawless apart for the early start (which I hated) but it was really worth it.

For those of you stuck on ideas of what to write about, a story written from the heart or an experience you have witnessed is a good place to start.

Sometimes true stories are better than fictional ones and can convey a meaningful message, stirring up people's emotions. I would also love to say thank you to BBC Radio 2 for giving me this amazing opportunity that you can be a part of too.

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