BBC’s 500 Words Short Story Competition returns with Francesca as a judge

The BBC has announced the return of its brilliant short story competition, 500 Words, which invites children aged 5 – 13 years to write a story.

In this the 8th year of the competition Honorary Judge Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall will be joined by Francesca Simon, Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Jacqueline Wilson and Charlie Higson.

The live final will take place at Hampton Court Palace Festival in June, where superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio. There will also be a ride around the grounds of the palace in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car plus tea on the River Thames aboard Her Majesty the Queen’s rowbarge Gloriana. The winners in each category will also receive

Gold Winners – Chris Evans’ height in books (plus 500 books for their school)

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

Bronze Winners – Their own height in books

Find out more about how to enter here

Entries close at 7pm on 22nd February 2018 – good luck!