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There are two age groups in the 500 Words competition - one for children aged 5-9, and another for children aged 10-13.

There are Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes up for grabs in each age group.

1st Prize - Chris Evans' height in books and an invite to visit the set of a CBBC production!

The Gold winners in each age group will win a pile of books as tall as the chair of our expert judging panel – Chris Evans. That's 1.88 metres tall! Plus they will be invited for a tour of the set of a CBBC production, to snoop behind the scenes and see how the drama transfer from script to screen. You’ll also get 500 books for their school library.

2nd Prize - HRH's height in books!

The Silver winners will be awarded a stack of books as tall as our Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall!

3rd Prize - Your own height in books!

Our Bronze winners will walk away with their own height in books!

More amazing prizes!

This year's prizes are bigger and better than ever! In addition to the above, 500 Words 2019's winners will also receive a one of a kind illustration of their story by one of the amazing Children’s illustrators below:

Tony Ross - Best known for his much-loved Little Princess series and his collaboration on David Walliams’ best-selling children’s books and Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry series.

Helen Oxenbury – An extraordinary body of work including classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Farmer Duck, So Much and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

David Roberts - Has collaborated with some of Britain’s much-loved children’s authors, including Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Julian Clary.

Jarvis - Best known for his visually fun Mrs Mole, I’m Home! and his award winning Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth.

Susan Varley - The multi award-winning artist best known for Badger’s Parting Gifts about losing a loved one, which has become a children’s literary phenomenon.

Briony May Smith - The author-illustrator of Imelda and the Goblin King and illustrator of Michael Morpurgo’s The Giant’s Necklace, she is inspired by folklore and the farm she lives on in Devon.

The Top 50 shortlisted entrants will receive a pair of tickets to the final (for the entrant and a parent or guardian). All entrants of the competition will be invited to take part in a random ballot to receive a pair of tickets to the Final (Terms and Conditions apply).

All teachers and librarians taking part in the judging will also be invited to take part in a random ballot, to receive a pair of tickets to attend the broadcast of The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Friday 14th June 2019 (Terms and Conditions apply).