500 Words: Chris Evans announces young winners


Stories by children about the perils of reality TV judging, dementia and a bloodthirsty pig are among the winners of this year’s 500 Words.


Now in its sixth year, the BBC Radio 2 contest challenges under-13s to write a story about any fictional topic.

Winners were announced on Chris Evans’ breakfast show from the Globe Theatre, with Julie Walters and Tom Hiddleston among the celebrity narrators.

This year had a record 123,436 entries, up from 2015’s 120,436.

Evans said: “Once again, the children of the UK have proved that they are amazing wordsmiths. It’s been such a treat to hear the finalists’ stories bought to life at the final by our very special guest narrators.

“Keep those imaginations flowing – I absolutely cannot wait for next year!”

The Duchess of Cornwall, who is an honorary judge this year, presented the winners’ prizes at the London theatre. She was also one of the judges, along with Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon.