500 Words is the UK’s most successful short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13.
It was launched back in 2011, after Chris Evans had a dream. He dreamt of getting children excited about reading and writing. All children: no matter what their ability, experience, or background.
2019 attracted over 110, 000 entries children to the short story competition, and since it launched, the competition has received over 912,986 short stories.
It’s super simple. All entrants must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING you want – space-ships, grannies, insects, time travel. The list is endless!