BBC 500 Words

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Have your story read live on radio:


  • BBC 500 Words competition.
  • A great opportunity to get your story heard and win great prizes!
  • Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston or David Walliams.
  • Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
    • originality
    • plot
    • characterisation
    • language
    • enjoyment
  • Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories!
  • Be sure to take a look at these excellent writing tips & tricks from a few famous faces.


  • Sorry, this competition is now closed – check back later for details on next year’s comp, you won’t want to miss out!
  • While you wait, why not take a look at some past entries on their website for some inspiration.


  • To enter you need to write an original story that is no more than 500 words long
  • Once the 2020 competition has opened and you’ve written your story, you can enter it into the competition using the entry form the official website.