500 words competition

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500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for children. Over a million stories have been submitted since 2011, in response to everything from technology to climate change. Now, they want to bring children’s voices onto the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. They want children to lead on the process of writing their story.  

From 6:30am on Monday 29th June until Friday 3rd July at 11.59pm 2020, they invite children aged between 5 and 13 to respond in whatever way they wish in no more than 500 words, in the form of a story.  The narratives we write and share matter. They ask children to draw on their own experiences and feelings to create a story that can be as imaginative and visionary as they want. Storytelling is a must!  They have brought together many high-profile personalities, school teachers and librarians alongside the continuing support and academic expertise of Oxford University Press to create 500 Words: Black Lives Matter.   Tune into Virgin Radio Breakfast Show from today to keep up with the competition.  An adult, either your teacher or your parent/carer, must submit your entry for you.  Go to the 500 Words competition website to read more and find about the panel of judges and the prizes!  

Good luck!