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26 March 2013

MA Publishing student to help judge BBC Short Story Competition

MA Publishing student, Emma Carroll, who is studying Children's Publishing, will help judge 500 WORDS; a short story competition for children run annually by BBC Radio 2 via the Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

Children of all ages from across the UK are invited to write 500 word stories, and a winner from each category, chosen by the expert panel, will win Chris Evans' height in books for themselves, and a further 500 books for their school's library. There are no stipulations on content or theme; children are allowed to write whatever they choose.

As a volunteer, Emma is part of the first stage of the judging process. Emma is judging the ‘10 – 13 years’ category. Emma commented, “I've begun reading the stories and I am amazed by what some of these children are writing about. Some of the stories are not what I was expecting”.

The final selection is made by an expert panel consisting of Richard Hammond, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Frank Cottrel Boyce and Charlie Higson. The finalists will be announced at the Hay Festival on May 31st. The winning entries will each be read by an actor or well-known broadcaster and the top 50 stories will be published in an anthology.

For more information visit the BBC Radio 2 Website