Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood launch 500 Words: Black Lives Matter children's writing competition

Ciara McGinley
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From Prima

Today (23rd June), presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood launched an exciting new 500 Words children's writing competition that aims to open up the conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement across the nation, in schools and households around the UK.

500 Words is the largest story writing competition for children and was developed by Chris Evans in 2011. Since then, children around the UK have submitted over a million stories covering important issues, from technology to climate change.

The latest competition encourages children of all backgrounds across the UK to get involved and build on the international conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement.

Photo credit: 500 Words

The competition asks children aged 5 - 13 of all ethnicities and backgrounds around the UK to submit a 500-word creative writing piece that explores their personal experience or understanding of how different ethnicities and cultures interact.

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Angellica and Michael will be joined by Malorie Blackman OBE, Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell-Boyce to form a judging panel for the compeition.

Speaking about the competition, Angellica and Michael said: "We are so excited to be a part of this new era of the 500 Words challenge, asking young people for the first time to write about a specific theme, and in this case, Black Lives Matter.

"For both of us, writing has always been a powerful tool to help us work through difficult subjects that are often tricky to articulate. This fantastic competition will give children from all backgrounds across the UK, the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about the recent tragic events, the global response to it and how it has impacted us all. Empowering the next generation to share their personal views through their love of writing is brilliant!"

Children will be able to submit their work between Monday 29th June - Friday 3rd July. The competition semi-finals will take place live on Virgin Radio from 13th July - 16th July. Angellica and Michael will judge the semi-finals alongside the famous judging panel and winners will be invited onto the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show with Chris Evans on 17th July to receive their prizes, of which more details are to be revealed soon!

To enter the competition visit the 500 Words website.

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