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Boys’ Stories Selected for 500 Words Second Round

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Five Junior Boys’ School pupils have made it to the next round of judging in Chris Evans and BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words writing competition.

In order to take part, entrants had to write a short story of no more than 500 words. This could be on any subject, and entries are judged on originality, plot, characterisation, language and enjoyment. Six winners will have their pieces read live on Radio 2 by a superstar celebrity, and will also win a stack of books!

Neel Chadha and Zeeshan Shepherd in Year 3, Adam Faulkner in Year 4, and Evan Dare and Cameron Geskell in Year 5 have all had their stories selected to go through to the next stage of the judging process. The judges have whittled down over 123,400 initial entries to just 4,500 who will progress to the next round, so it is a great achievement to have made it this far.

In the Senior School, William Miles in Year 7 and Year 8 pupils Daniel Bolton, Umar Ibrahim, Harrison Lynch, Matthew Rodger and Jack Tyldsley have also been successful in reaching the next stage of the competition.

The number of boys taking part and having their short stories chosen for inclusion in the second round of judging shows the enormous amount of creativity and enthusiasm for writing in the Boys’ Division Junior and Senior Schools.

The boys’ stories will now be read by trained professionals at The Reading Agency as part of the second round of judging, and 50 stories will be shortlisted to be read by the final judging panel: Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon.

Good luck to all of the boys who have made it this far!

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The Junior Boys whose stories have been selected: Adam, Neel, Evan, Zeeshan and Cameron

The Junior Boys whose stories have been selected: Adam, Neel, Evan, Zeeshan and Cameron

Daniel, Harrison, Jack and Umar are some of the Year 8 boys whose stories are through to the next stage of the competition

Daniel, Harrison, Jack and Umar are some of the Year 8 boys whose stories are through to the next stage of the competition