Please make sure you check the word count on our form if you are pasting from another piece of software, such as Microsoft Word. Entries sent over email before the deadline because of technical errors will not be considered. If more than one entry is submitted, only the entrant's first submission will be considered. Parents or teachers of entrants may sign up to judge in the competition. Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy. The full names of the 6 finalists and the overall winners will be announced during this live broadcast, subject to parental permission.
500 Words Rules
We can only accept stories which are words or fewer according to the word counter on the online submission form; the BBC cannot accept word counts from any other software.
Entrants must write a fictional short story no more than words in length. The BBC reserves the right to amend these Rules or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control. Teachers submitting stories on behalf of pupils must seek parental permission and if requested by the BBC, provide evidence of permission in the event of an enquiry or complaint. The entries from the 6 finalists will be performed by an actor or well-known figure and broadcast on Radio 2.