Volunteer to be a 500 Words Judge
Last year's 500 Words competition attracted over 120,000 incredible stories from children throughout the UK. In 2016, we hope to receive even more entries. Would you like to help us find this year's winning stories?
Participating judges will automatically be entered into a draw and 25 randomly chosen people will receive a pair of tickets to attend the live broadcast of the 500 Words final.
Please read the competition Terms and Conditions before volunteering.
Before You Start
Before you volunteer to be a judge, there are a few things you need to check.
Are you eligible?
We're looking for teachers or librarians (and retired teachers or librarians) to help during the first round of judging in our 500 Words competition. If you judged last year AND opted in to be a future judge for 500 Words, there's no need to re-apply!
Are you available?
Volunteers will be asked to read a batch of about 30 stories, each one no more than one A4 side, which we will send to you in early March 2016. You'll need to read and score these stories by Thursday 19th March.
Please consider whether you will have sufficient free time in March before volunteering.
Who can confirm your application?
Please provide contact details below for someone who can validate your application.
This should be a manager (e.g. Head Teacher, Deputy, or Head of Department) who can vouch for your professional eligibility and confirm they are happy for you to volunteer your time. (If you are retired or on a career break, please use your last boss or someone you deem qualified to vouch for you.)
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