Chris Evans launches Radio 2’s 500 Words 2017

Chris Evans launched this year’s 500 Words short-story writing competition for children aged between 5 and 13 years of age.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall returns as Honorary Judge and this year’s live final on Friday 16 June will take place at the Tower of London and all those attending the final will receive free entry to the Tower for the day.

The initiative, created by Chris, is now in its seventh year and encourages children around the country to get creative and send in their stories of no more than 500 words. The competition is now open and the closing date for entries is 7pm on Thursday 23 February.

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2, says: “We’re very excited to welcome back Radio 2’s 500 WORDS competition for the seventh year. From 30 000 entries when it first launched in 2011 to over 123 000 in 2016, I’m so proud that Radio 2 is able to inspire so many children to get involved, writing their fabulous stories.”

Photo: Chief Yeoman Warder Alan Kingshott with Chris Evans.

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