500 Word Story Challenge

RISS is proud to announce the launch of its first 500 Word Story Challenge. This is for Foundation Years only and we hope that it will become an annual writing event. Based on the successful model of the BBC Radio 2,500 Words competition in the UK, we are inviting budding writers to be creative and come up with their own fictional stories.

Our final four stories have been recorded by professional artists and the links to each of them can be found here for you to enjoy:

Chapter 1 - Swapna Nair - recorded by Sam Fraser, a TV and radio presenter for BBC South (and Mrs Rickett’s old teacher)!

Mystery Substitute - Hugo Ferguson - read by professional actors (and flatmates) Beverly Beck (BBC’s ‘Torchwood) and Alan Colclough. They also run their own Murder Mystery Theatre Company in the UK. 

The Mirror Legend - by Tana Malakhova - read by Simon James, Sony Award winning radio presenter (Virgin Radio) and owner of a successful voiceover business. 

Life in Chaos - Ella Knudsen Nielsen - read by Simon Meredith. ‘Simon has been a Drama teacher for nearly 20 years and has been acting in theatre since he was a teenager. Simon especially likes doing voice work and so is delighted to have the opportunity to read out Ella’s delightful story.’

As with all competitions, there can only be one overall winner. Congratulations go to Swapna Nair for her wonderful tale, Chapter 1. Our judge, Kim Lloyd announced the winner to the students today through the following pre-recorded video.

Kim Lloyd announces the winning story

Swapna will now have her story published in the Winter edition of the RISSUE for you all to enjoy. All finalists will also receive vouchers which they can put towards books to help them come up with more creative ideas.

Thanks go to all who have helped make this challenge a success, especially Kim Lloyd for giving up her time to judge our winning entries. 

Here’s to the RISS 500 Word Story Challenge 2021!

The challenge?

The story written must be no more than 500 words in length! Ideas must be original and stories written individually. Stories will be judged on:

  • originality
  • plot
  • characterisation
  • language
  • enjoyment.

Three finalists and an overall winner will be selected.  The entries from the finalists will be performed by well-known RISS figures and/or professional actors, before being broadcast on Instagram, FlipGrid and on this website. The winner will also have their story published in the RISSUE magazine (shared with the local community and online). Stories will initially be judged by teachers and then by a guest judge - Kim Lloyd. She is a professional writer with an MA in Writing for Young People, and has just submitted her third novel for publication. 

Please contact Mrs. Ricketts if you require further information (yri@wolfert.nl).

Get Creative! Get Writing! Get Started!

Guest Judge - Kim Lloyd

Kim has spent her life reading and writing stories, some in a radio newsroom, some on the prestigious MA Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. There, she met amazing storytellers and was taught by the likes of David Almond, honing her craft and signing with a leading literary agent. She is currently working on a YA novel which will be submitted to publishers in the coming months. She works in a first school and loves nothing more than helping young storytellers find their voice. She is a great advocate of free writing in schools and the benefits it has for young people, their mental health and their creativity.