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Chris Evans has launched this year’s 500 WORDS short-story writing competition for children aged between five and 13 years of age.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall returns as Honorary Judge and, to mark the launch of the competition, features in a very special animation.
Evans revealed that this year’s live final on Friday 16 June will take place at the Tower of London and all those attending the final will receive free entry to the Tower for the day.
In the specially created animation, The Duchess of Cornwall, who is a passionate advocate for children’s literacy, appears as the 500 WORDS Fairy Godmother who encourages a little boy to jump inside his imagination – a world of pirate ships, dragons and giant gingerbread man – which inspires him to put pen to paper.
The initiative, created by Chris, is now in its seventh year and encourages children around the country to get creative and send in their stories of no more than 500 words. The competition is now open and the closing date for entries is 7pm on Thursday 23 February.
The competition asks children in the UK aged between 5 and 13 to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words. Entries are in two categories: 5-9 years and 10-13 years. Budding young writers have until 7pm on Thursday 23 February 2017 to submit their stories. More information and terms and conditions are at bbc.co.uk/500words. Also on the website, children will find an array of tools to inspire and help them.
Last year a record 123,436 children put pen to paper and entered the competition.