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Aspiring authors progress to the next round of Radio 2’s ‘500 words’

22nd April 2015

Several students from both Prep and Senior departments were inspired to enter the BBC Radio 2 ‘500 Words’ essay writing competition.

Promoted by The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, and now in its 4th year, 500 Words is a unique short story writing competition, split into two age group categories – 9 years and under, and 10 to 13 years. The idea is to encourage children to get creative and write a story with a maximum of 500 words about any fictional topic they choose.

Chaired by Chris Evans himself, a remarkable and inspiring panel of expert judges will select five finalists for each age group from a shortlist of 50, all of whom will be asked to attend the Hay Festival later this year.  The finalists will be announced live on air and have their story read out on the programme by a celebrity. The one winner from each age category will be announced at the climax of the show.

It is a hugely popular event, which attracted over 120,000 entries this year. Trinity students worked really hard on their essays, and we are pleased to report that two of our pupils, Sophie Hurford and Lilly Mazer, have both progressed beyond the first round and our now in the last 3800! Congratulations and fingers crossed!