500 WORDS

We’ve got some exciting news! Hay Fever and The Chris Evans Breakfast show have teamed up to launch a brilliant short story writing competition for children aged 13 and under. The whole office tuned in to BBC Radio 2 this morning to hear all about 500 Words.

Chris will be joined by some of the best known and best loved names from the world of literature in picking the winners.

The judges will be:

The 2010 Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, former Children’s Laureate and author of The Story of Tracy Beaker

Little Britain star and author of Billionaire Boy David Walliams

Anthony Horowitz, award-winning screenwriter and author of the Alex Rider series

Oliver Jeffers, author of global best-selling picture books including How To Catch A Star, Lost And Found and Up And Down

Children will be asked to write a 500-word story based on any made-up subject they choose and submit it through the BBC Radio 2 website.

Fifty chosen finalists will be invited with their families to party with us (The Telegraph Hay Festival) in June as special guests, where they will watch Chris Evans live broadcast his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show live to the nation. Five winners will receive book tokens and a wonderful book boost for their school library.

So get involved!  The deadline is World Book Day, so look back here in between for updates and writing tips.

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