My Best Short Story in 500 Words
Discover the perfect write-in notebook to help your child craft their best short story in 500 words or less – ideal if they’re planning to enter this year’s BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition.
My Best Short Story in 500 Words features colourful illustrations, interactive prompts, top tips from bestselling children’s author Christopher Edge and Oxford word experts, and lots of space for drafting and editing the narrative, so your child will be writing not just one story, but dozens!
Win a copy of the book!
To celebrate the release of this book and inspire young imaginations, we have five copies to give away to five budding writers! My Best Short Story in 500 Words has all the help your child needs to write a great story in 500 words, but if they had to pick just one word, what would it be? Tell us your child’s favourite word for the chance to win!
To enter, simply head over to our Facebook page and complete the competition entry form.
UK residents only. Entry closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 24th February 2019.
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About the book
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A must-have write-in book for kids to put down their ideas, set the scene, choose their characters and craft their best short story in 500 words. With colourful illustrations throughout, it has prompts and ideas for building plot, action, characters and scenes. It also has suggestions for beginnings and endings to help children who are looking for a starting point.
In a format ideal for slipping into their school bag, carrying around the house or taking on holiday, this notebook is ideal for capturing ideas on the go, or putting in finishing touches at the end of the day. It’s perfect to help you encourage your child’s creativity and writing for fun, for homework or for competitions.
About the author
Christopher Edge is an award-winning children’s author whose books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
His novel The Many Worlds of Albie Bright won several children’s book awards, including the Brilliant Book Award, and was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. The Jamie Drake Equation was also nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and was selected by The Times as one of the best children’s books of 2017.
- Story sparks: find inspiration for your short story
- BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words tips, activities and resources for young writers
- BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words advice for parents
- Quiz: What kind of writer are you?
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