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By Oxford Owl, posted on 30th June 2020

Inspire the author in your child with the new 500 Words: Black Lives Matter Competition!

Oxford University Press is proud to be partnering with the 500Words: Black Lives Matter story-writing competition. Our language experts collect and analyze every story received to better understand children’s language and inform learning, so get your pens at the ready!

Please note: The competition is now closed. You can read more about how British children responded here.
500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for children. Over a million stories have been submitted since 2011, in response to everything from technology to climate change. Now, the competition wants to bring children’s voices onto the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. It wants children to lead on the process of writing their story.

From 6:30am on Monday 29th June until Friday 3rd July at 11.59pm 2020, children aged between 5 and 13 are invited to respond in whatever way they wish in no more than 500 words, in the form of a story.

How to enter

Children will be able to submit their written work from Monday 29th June with a deadline of Friday 3rd July.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of professional readers, up until the semi-finals take place live on air from 13th – 16th July. Presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood will chair the judging panel, and will be joined by an illustrious team to judge the semi-finals, which includes former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman OBE, actor, comedian and author Charlie Higson, children’s author Francesca Simon, and screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

Winners will be invited to join Chris Evans, creator of the 500 Words initiative, on the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show on 17th July (with further prize details to be revealed).

More information about the entry process and details on how to submit stories, and can be found here: www.500Words.me.

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