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500 Words 2018

Entries for 500 Words 2018 have now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a story. The 500 Words Final will be broadcast live from Hampton Court Palace on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show, on Friday 8th June.

500 Words 2018 takes off

Let your imagination run wild with Radio 2's annual story-writing competition for kids.

How To Enter

PLEASE NOTE: Entries for 500 Words 2018 closed on Thursday 22nd February.

All stories must be submitted via the online form on our website.

Parents, guardians and teachers can register for a SUBMITTER ACCOUNT, or by following the links at the top of this page. Once an account has been created, it can be used to upload a single story or a whole school's worth of tales with our new top tool! For more information on how to enter a story into this year's competition, please visit our Submit Your Story page.

Teachers and Librarians can also apply to be one of our volunteer judges by registering a JUDGE ACCOUNT. For more information on how to become a judge for this year's competition, please visit our Become A Judge page.

Please read the competition rules before submitting entries, along with the competition Privacy Notice.

What Are The Prizes?

Fancy tea on the Thames aboard Her Majesty The Queen's rowbarge?

As well attending a spectacular 500 Words Final from Hampton Court Palace, where superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio, this year we're introducing an extra-special prize for our 6 winners - a ride around the Hampton Court Palace grounds in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang PLUS tea on the Thames aboard Her Majesty The Queen's rowbarge, Gloriana!

The winners in each age category will also receive:

Gold Winners - Chris Evans' height in books (plus 500 books for their school)

Silver Winners - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's height in books

Bronze Winners - Their own height in books

Read more about the prizes here.

Dates For Your Diary...

The 500 Words Final will be broadcast live from Hampton Court Palace on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show, on Friday 8th June.

Get Started

500 Words is an open invitation to the wide world of imagination, so it's time to get those creative cogs turning!

To help you get started, our website is packed full of helpful hints and terrific tips to bust through the writer's block.

Download a learning pack from the LEARN section, where you can also find advice from our celebrity judges Frank Cottrell Boyce and Charlie Higson in the 500 Words Live Lesson. There are also helpful hints from some famous faces in our Story Starters video series, including Naomi Harris, Amanda Abbington and Lady Leshurr.

Pop over to the 500 Words Blog to discover top tips to create terrific tales written by previous winners, amazing authors and a few of the 500 Words elves.

And for a last burst of inspiration why not watch the winning stories from last year's 500 Words Final from the Tower of London, and watch the highlights video below...

Watch highlights from last year's final

500 Words 2017 Final - watch the highlights!

Catch the winning stories, music and inspiration making up an incredible 500 Words final.