500 Words Competition Entry Form

Have you written a super fantastic short story? Do you want to enter the Chris Evans Breakfast Show's 500 Words competition?
Brilliant! Just follow the steps below to submit your story... you have until 7:00pm on Thursday 25 February 2016 to enter!


Before You Start

Before you submit your story, please check a few things:

1.

Are you aged between 5 and 13?

How old will you be on 27 May 2016? If you'll be between 5 and 13 then go right ahead and send us your story!

The competition has two age categories:

  • 5 - 9
  • 10 - 13

There are bronze, silver and gold prizes in each category.

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Is your story no more than 500 words long?

If you haven't already, type up your story on a computer (ask a grown-up if you need help).

When you've finished your story, select it all and copy it to the computer's clipboard (CTRL + C on your keyboard).

You can then paste the words into the big box below to check how many words you've used. Parents may scribe for the child, as long as none of the child's words are changed!

Remember - you can only enter the competition once and subsequent entries will be deleted by our system.

Entries can be of any length up to 500 words.

3.

Do you have permission to enter?

You must ask a parent, guardian or teacher for permission to enter this competition. Ask them to read the rules.

When you're ready to submit your story, make sure they are nearby - you can't enter without them!

(Teachers - if you'd like to help judge this competition, please complete this form. You can still be a judge if your class or own child has entered the competition)

Ready to enter? Great, let's go!

Now fill out the boxes below. A star * indicates a box that you must fill out before submitting.


Oops! Please check the information below and re-submit your entry

Tell Us About You
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(You need to be at least 5 years old and under 13 years to enter)

Help

In this section, please tell us about the child who has written this story.

The information you provide will be kept confidential by the BBC and will only be used for administration purposes during BBC Radio 2's 500 Words competition. For more information, see the BBC's Privacy Policy.

You need to be at least 5 years old and under 13 years old to enter 500 Words. Please see the rules.

Tell Us Your Story
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(Maximum 100 characters, including spaces. Please do not include your name)

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(Maximum 500 words - the length of your story is shown below)

You must enable Javascript to see your word count. Find out more.

Help

This is the fun part! Get creative and use your imagination!

Remember:

  • You can only enter the competition ONCE so make sure you are 100% happy with your story. Any duplicates or multiple entries will be deleted by our system.
  • Your story must be an original piece of work (don't copy someone else's story!)
  • Your story must not contain personal details about yourself
  • Please don’t put any personal details here as it will count towards the word count and may disqualify the story.

When you're ready, copy and paste your story in the box. Use the counter below the box to check how many words you've written.

Be sure to save your story somewhere else as well, just in case your computer loses its internet connection. We are unable to send you a copy of your story once it’s been submitted.

Who Is Giving You Permission?

Help

In this section, a parent, guardian or teacher should enter their own contact details, not that of the child.

You may submit entries on behalf of any number of different children, but only ONE story by each child. We apologise but we are unable to facilitate teachers sending in batches of multiple stories by different pupils in one go.

Please select the home region of the child whose story you are entering, but do NOT provide any other personal information about the child in this section. Please do not enter the name of the child in the title or body of the story. All our stories get sent anonymously to our judges, so we may have to disqualify stories which identify the writer in the story or title.

  • Teachers - please provide details so we can contact you via your school.
  • Parents/guardians - please provide your own details so we can contact you at home or work.

An adult must verify the information entered on this page and confirm they have read the competition's Terms and Conditions before clicking Submit.

Having problems?

We're here to help. If you're having any trouble completing this form, please visit our help page where your question may be answered.

That's It! Now You're Ready To Send Us Your Entry

Before clicking the Enter Your Story button, please get your parent, guardian or teacher to check all the information entered in the boxes above. Most importantly, make sure you are 100% happy with the text you have written in the story box.

Remember, your story must be all your own original work - you must not copy someone else's story, whether that’s from a book or from someone else entering the competition. Any entry deemed to be a copy by our judges will be disqualified. We cannot accept entries which are written by more than one person.


Please note: you will not be able to change any details or edit your story after it has been successfully submitted to us.

If you need any assistance, try our help page.

Good luck! And remember: every child who enters this competition will have their name put in a ballot to receive tickets to the live final at Shakespeare’s Globe on the 27th May 2016!

Help

Once you’ve successfully submitted your story you will see a confirmation page which will display a Submission ID that is used to keep track of your story through the judging process.

Remember:

  • You can only enter the competition ONCE, so make sure you are 100% happy with your story
  • Your story must be your own original work (don't copy someone else's story!)
  • Your story must NOT contain personal details about yourself
  • Be sure to save your story somewhere else as well, just in case your computer loses its internet connection

If you're not sure, click 'Cancel' and ask a parent or teacher to check what you've written.

If you're ready, click 'OK'. Your story will be entered into the competition and you will not be able to make any further changes.