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***Entries for 500 Words 2019 have now closed.***

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story. Remember to tune in to the 500 Words Final, which will broadcast live from Windsor Castle on BBC Radio 2's Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, on Friday 14th June.

500 Words is back for 2019

Where will you find your story for Radio 2's annual story-writing competition for kids?

Please read our FAQ and Rules pages before you submit a story. Please be aware that we are unable to send you a copy of any submitted stories, so make sure you keep one.

Who can enter 500 Words?

500 Words is open to any child who is aged between 5 and 13 years old on 14th June 2019, and is a full time resident of the UK.

The competition celebrates imagination and creativity - not spelling and grammar! - so all children of all abilities are invited to enter.

How to enter

PLEASE NOTE: Entries for 500 Words 2019 closed on Friday 8th March.

We can only accept entries that have been submitted through our online form, using a registered 500 Words account. Parents, guardians or teachers can create a SUBMITTER ACCOUNT HERE.

Entrants must follow steps 1-6 on the submission form to save their story as a draft, before submitting.

If you have already registered for a submitter account - log in HERE

Please don't leave registration to the last minute!

Stories can be copied and pasted into the submission form within the account (please read our Rules regarding this) or stories can be saved as drafts along the way.

Teachers can also save a whole class worth of drafts onto their account at once using our handy multiple uploader tool! Once happy, these can all be submitted simultaneously.

If you are submitting stories but would also like to apply to be a judge, it's best to register for a JUDGE ACCOUNT as this account will also allow you to submit entries.

What happens next?

Once stories have been submitted entrants will be able to download a 500 Words certificate to celebrate their achievement!

We'll be in touch in April to let submitters know whether their stories have made it through the first round of judging.

Get writing, and good luck!

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