Friday 23rd August 2019


Hay Fever and BBC Radio 2 have teamed up once again in 2013, and are very pleased to announce the return of the exciting story competition for children aged under 13. 500 Words was launched exclusively by Chris Evans on his Breakfast Show on Monday 21 January.

Chris said: "When we launched 500 WORDS in 2011, we hoped to inspire young minds around the UK, and we were just astonished by the imagination and talent leaping off the page of the stories that flooded in. Last year’s competition saw a staggering 74,000 entries – more than twice the number of year one, so we have very high hopes for 2013. Let the creativity commence!"

He also announced that a number of new famous faces are set to join the competition judging panel - including CBBC and Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond who takes up the mantle of head judge.
As part of the competition, entrants have to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words. Hopefuls should apply via the Radio 2 website, where there are top writing tips from best-selling authors and celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe, as well as a free activity pack for teachers and librarians – something brand new for 2013.

Entries can be submitted at until Friday 22 February 2013.