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.

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. 


Read the Rules and Conditions in full.
Students require parental permission to be involved and to have their work shared.
Work must be submitted via the Entry Form  and sent to: wr500wordstory@wolfert.nl

The closing date for entries is 31st October at 20:00. Stories submitted after this time will not be considered. 

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.