On January 20, 2015, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall met with BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter, Mr. Chris Evans, following the launch of the 2015 children’s short story-writing competition, 500 Words, at Clarence House in London, England.
According to a press release the aim of the competition is to:
“…help find the UK’s most talented young writers, with the final of the competition taking place at St James’s Palace in May 2015. [Marking the launch of the competition] The Duchess of Cornwall will also attend a special ‘500 WORDS Story Laboratory’ in Weston Park Primary School, London on Wednesday 21 January.
As part of the competition, entrants aged 13 and under have to compose an original work of fiction no longer than 500 words. Hopeful entrants should apply via the Radio 2 website – bbc.co.uk/500words. The writers of the top 50 stories will be invited to attend a broadcast of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show that will be broadcast live on Friday 29 May, 2015 from St James’s Palace.
The six lucky winners will be announced live on air and will get to hear their stories read out by a famous narrator. Last year saw names including Sherlock himself Benedict Cumberbatch, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and Paloma Faith take part.
The judging panel for 2015 includes head judge Richard Hammond, the highly acclaimed author of the Horrid Henry series, Francesca Simon, best-selling authors Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.”
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