BBC Radio 2 – 500 Words Competition


The 500 words competition is back – and hopefully, many of you are busy writing stories to enter! The competition closes on the 25th February so you still have time to write something if you haven’t already. 

It’s very simple. You need to write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it on-line.  If you win, your story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.

Winners will rub shoulders with the world’s biggest celebrities and massive pop-stars performing at the final. Plus in 2016, 500 Words is delighted to welcome back real-life royalty to the competition: Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall who returns in 2016 to support the competition as the Honorary Judge! She’ll be reading and debating the top 50 stories of the competition with the amazing author panel: Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.

AND in the year of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the final will be live from the home of British story-telling, Shakespeare’s Globe, on the 27th May.


For lots of ideas, look at their website-

I am very happy to read through any entries before you send them in! So get writing- it could be you!