Get reading, get writing, get inspired!

Can you tell an amazing story in just 500 words? We believe everyone has a story to tell, and BBC Radio 2 is challenging you to write yours in just, you’ve guessed it, 500 words! Host Chris Evans wants to hear from you, no matter how experienced you are, get creative and have a go.

If you’re between 5 and 13, this is your time to put pencil to paper (or fingers on keyboards!) and get writing. Your story can be about anything you want, as long as it’s an original piece you’ve written yourself. To submit your story head to the 500 words competition website, where you’ll find tips, inspiration, frequently asked questions, and some special celebrity messages.

As a member of Hampshire Libraries, we can help you out with some inspiration to get your brain moving and your stories flowing. Did you know reading improves your vocabulary and helps keep your brain in shape? Take a look at some of our favourite books, available in Hampshire Libraries:

  1. For the magical, ones try the much loved Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  2. For a bit of paranormal activity, try the Lockwood & Co series by Jonathan Stroud
  3. If you’re looking for some a larger than life adventure, pick up Awful Auntie by David Walliams
  4. Try Girl with a white dog by Anne Booth for a thought provoking look into darker times in our history
  5. For the over 11’s, Girl Online by blogger Zoe Sugg takes you into Penny’s whirlwind world of family, school and New York!

The competition is open from the 18th January 2016 and closes for entries at 7pm on the 25th February.

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 our Honorary Judge! She’ll be reading and debating the top 50 stories of the competition with an 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.

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