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The BBC’s story writing competition for kids is back for its tenth year. Here's everything you need to know to get involved.

500 Words is a story writing competition for children.  You need to be between 5 and 13 years old and to enter you need to write an original story that is no more than 500 words long.

So get writing and submit any entries to the school by Friday 14 February so that we can send them off and meet the BBC deadline.

What are the prizes?

As well attending a spectacular 500 Words Final at Buckingham Palace where superstar celebrities will read the winning stories live on the radio, six amazing illustrators: Tony Ross, Fiona Lumbers, David McKee, Sue Cheung, David Roberts, and Margaret Sturton – will each be set the task of illustrating one the winning stories.

The winners in each age category will also receive:

Gold Winners - Chris Evans' height in books and 500 books for their school.

Silver Winners - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's height in books.

Bronze Winners - Their own height in books.

 There is also a brand new prize for 2020 and it doesn’t matter how good your story is, just that you enter one. One entrant will be selected at random to receive a fabulous book bundle and an invite to the final (for child plus a parent or guardian). They will also win 500 books for their school – so the more pupils a school has that has entered the more chances they have of winning a brand new library. 

So it would be great if you write a story to win a prize for yourself and/or for the school.