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500 Words - Black Lives Matter - Story Writing Competition

Hi Everyone! Here is a 500 words writing competition related to the Black Lives Matter Movement. There is more information below. Please click this link to be taken to the home page where there is more information and a form to submit your story.

Welcome to 500 Words: Black Lives Matter

Your words have the power to change you and the world around you. People can make a change based on their actions – you’ll already have encountered examples of this.

We want you to use your imagination and draw on your own thoughts and experiences when it comes to Black Lives Matter and some of the changes we are seeing in 2020. Then, write a creative short story in no more than 500 words.

The descriptions, the adjectives and the imagery that you use shape your story. Still, you only have 500 words! That means that while you’re writing, you need to make your key moments stand out with similes and metaphors, without taking away from the plot. Your story might be hopeful, inspiring, fun or angry. Have fun making your characters come to life!

You might start, and restart, and come up with many ideas that you whittle down to one…this is all part of the fun!

Lastly, don’t enter to win…enter because you want your voice to be heard and enjoy storytelling in a way only you can. Everything can give you a creative spark that fires a story. Be unafraid and see where your ideas take you!

What everybody wants to read is an amazing story. Good luck!

  • Please respond to the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movements across the world with an original story in 500 words or fewer.

  • Anyone can enter within two age ranges: 5 to 9 and 10 to 13.

  • Entry is open to children of all backgrounds and ethnicity.

  • Submissions open on Monday 29th June at 06:30 and close at 23:59 on Friday 3rd July 2020.

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