BBC Radio 2‘s Chris Evans Breakfast Show has just launched a unique short story writing competition, which aims to inspire children aged 13 or under to get creative and write a story with a maximum of 500 words about any fictional topic of their choice.
Entries can now be submitted at the BBC Radio 2 website until 9.30am on Thursday 3 March 2011 – World Book Day.
The competition is part of the BBC Year Of Books, a pan-BBC year-long celebration of literature which invites audiences to free their imagination through the exploration, enjoyment and discussion of books.
Chaired by Chris, a remarkable and inspiring panel of expert judges will select five finalists from a shortlist of 50, all of whom will be asked to attend the Hay Festival on Friday 3 June, where The Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show will be broadcasting. The five finalists will have their story read out live on the programme by a celebrity, and the overall winner will be announced at the climax of the show.
Two of our authors, Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams, have been asked to help Chris search for the next literary star.
If you are under 13 and ready for a writing challenge, listen to Oliver’s writing tips in this fantastic video. Oliver is the author of seven global best-selling picture books and his best tip is ‘RELAX AND ENJOY YOURSELF’ because your audience will enjoy what you are truly interested in.
So… Write, Relax, and Enjoy!