Do you have a class of creative writers? Get them involved with Chris Evans’ 500 Words story writing competition, which is now in its eighth year. In association with Oxford University Press, this competition is open to every 5-13 year old in the UK, and is one of the most successful creative writing contests in the world.
So what do your students have to do? To enter, they must write a creative, original story that’s less than 500 words. The prize? Not only will the winning story will be read live on air by a superstar celebrity to over 90 million listeners, your talented writers will also get to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Hampton Court Palace. Plus, 1st prize winners will win Chris Evans’ height in books (that’s 1.88 meters!), 2nd prize will receive The Duchess of Cornwall’s height in books, and 3rd prize winners will get to take home their own height in books – pretty amazing.
To inspire your young writers, BBC Radio 2 are also hosting a number of Live Lessons that will explore different themes and ideas, all with the aim of conjuring up creativity and honing those writing talents. Oxford University Press have also produced a Learning Resource Pack, full of activities to get children writing.
If your students are interested in taking part, or already have an idea for a story, you can enter them via the BBC Radio 2 website – but be quick, the closing date for entries is Thursday 22nd February.