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500 Words competition (UK only) - with the theme 'Black Lives Matter'

Looking for a writing challenge this week? Then take a look at the 500 Words competition from Virgin Radio UK. Launched yesterday, with a closing date this Friday  - you'll have to get your skates on!

Theme: Black lives matter

Challenge: Write 500 words around the theme 'Black lives matter' in a creative and imaginative way. Submissions can highlight everything from personal experiences to what you have learned about racism in recent times, or conversations you've had about it. Additional can be found on the kids page of the competition website. Watch the video on BBC Newsround's page covering the competition for more information.

Categories: There are two categories - 5-9 year olds and 10-13 year olds (on 17th July 2020).

Competition closing date: submit entries from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July.

Semi-finals: All entries will be reviewed by a group of reading experts who will  decide which ones will advance through to the next stage. The semi-final will be held from 13th to 16th July.

Final winners: The overall winners of the competition will be invited to join DJ (and creator of 500 Words) Chris Evans on Virgin Radio's Breakfast Show on  17th July.

How to enter: Visit the Virgin Radio UK Black Lives Matter site for more information on the competition, and enter via the 'Submit your story' link.

See this earlier Rainbow Hub post if you need some resources to help with discussions around around the theme 'Black Lives Matter'.


500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for kids. Over a million stories have been submitted since 2011, in response to everything from technology to climate change. Now, we want to bring children’s voices onto the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. We want 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, we invite children aged between 5 and 13 to respond in whatever way they wish in no more than 500 words, in the form of a story.


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