The 500 Words initiative was created by Chris Evans and first launched in 2011, celebrating its 10thanniversary in June this year and boasting an extraordinary legacy with over one million entries submitted to date. The most recent competition was turned around in less than four weeks with the backing of Virgin Radio, many of the UK’s leading publishing houses, Amazon Alexa, and WHSmith, alongside a whole host of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sport, music and more.

With ongoing support from Oxford University Press, The Reading Agency, Parents and Teachers, the future of 500 Words is bright, and we look forward to setting a new theme for the competition in 2021. We are excited to continue to provide a creative platform to hear children’s voices.

Make sure you look out for the new edition of the competition, announced in Spring 2021.