500 Words is open from 29th January 2019 at 8am

500 Words is a story writing competition for children.

You need to be between 5 and 13 years old and a full time resident of the UK.

To enter you need to write an original story that is no more than 500 words long.

Once you’ve written your story, you can enter it into the competition using the entry form on this website.

It’s open from 8am on the 29th January

Prizes will be awarded to the 3 finalists in each age category.

The first round of judging will be done by volunteer teachers and librarians across the UK.

The second round of judging will be done by trained professionals at The Reading Agency; 50 stories (25 in each age category) will be shortlisted.

The writers of these 50 stories will be the competition’s finalists.

Our final judging panel will convene in May and decide on the 6 winning stories.

These 6 stories are Bronze, Silver and Gold in each age category.

The Top 50 stories will be announced in early May 2019.

You can only enter one story – and it has to be all your own work.