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Boys’ Success in 500 Word Essay Competition

Friday, 05 May 2017

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Nineteen Junior Boys’ School pupils at Bolton School 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!

This year the judges have whittled down over 131,000 initial entries to just 5,000 who will progress to the next round, so it is a great achievement to have made it as far as the boys have. Headteacher Mrs Faulkner said: “I am delighted with the number of boys taking part and having their short stories chosen for inclusion in the second round of judging, it just goes to show the enormous amount of creativity and enthusiasm for writing in the Boys’ Division.” 

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, Francesca Simon, Judging Day and Honorary Judge Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall.

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