Are you an aspiring author? Do you have an incredible idea for a gripping narrative? Do you really just love writing stories? Well, this is your invitation to a wide world of imagination: enter the 500 Words competition by following this link! 

What is 500 Words?

The competition started in 2011 and is open to anyone who will be aged 5 or over on the 14th June 2019 so almost everyone from Reception to Year 6 can take part. (If you’re a little bit younger than that and would still like to take part, we’re offering our own special prize for our youngest writers in school!) The competition celebrates creativity and exciting writing – it’s about hooking the reader and making them want to read on rather than showing off how much SPaG you know. You can write about anything you like: spaceships, grannies, one-eyed pirate cats, insects, microwaves, WWII, houses with chicken legs, exploding hotdogs… the list is endless; the only limit is your own imagination! We’re looking for adventure not adverbials in this piece of writing.

The best inspiration you will get is from reading as many books as you can and seeing other authors’ ideas and techniques. Maybe you might also like to use some of your ideas from ‘Free Write Fridays’ or you could have a look at the 500 Words Blog or the previous winning stories.

What are the prizes?

Competition winners will get the chance to attend a spectacular 500 Words Final from Windsor Castle, where superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio AND this year there’s an extra-special prize: six well-known illustrators (Helen Oxenbury, Tony Ross, Susan Varley, Jarvis, David Roberts, and Briony May Smith) will each be set the task of illustrating one the winning stories. How cool would it be to see your story brought to life by one of these guys?

The winners in each age category will also receive:

Gold Winners – Chris Evans’ height in books, 500 books for their school and an invitation to visit the set of a CBBC Production.

Silver Winners – HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s height in books.

Bronze Winners – Their own height in books.

How do I enter?

There are two ways to enter: ask your parents / carers to set up a submitter account for you by clicking here OR bring a copy of your story to Mrs Bell in her swanky new classroom in the new build (make sure it has your name and class on it!) Keep a copy of your story as well as the one you submit: there’ll be an opportunity to share your stories with other entrants this World Book Day. The deadline for entries is March 8th 2019.

So come on, writers of West Lane! What are you waiting for?


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