Thomas’s tale makes it through to round two of BBC Competition

500 words

A year 8 pupil at Clayesmore Prep, Thomas, has received the news that his short story, ‘Dying Embers’ has made it through to the second round of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition. Thomas’s story takes the point of view of a man who lost his family in an accident with terrible consequences, tracing his emotional journey.  

Now in its ninth year, 500 Words is the UK’s most successful short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13. In 2018 almost 135,000 children entered the competition, and since it launched, the competition has received over 800,000 entries. 

Commenting on the news Mrs Suzanne Chinnock, Head of English at Clayesmore Prep said, ‘Thomas’s success is testimony to the time and thought he put into redrafting his story, working closely and carefully to improve his original ideas. To make the top 5000 out of such a vast number of entries is commendable. We all wish Thomas well in the next round.’