19 January 2018


The Manchester Hub of the Enquire Learning Trust  is holding its own 500 Words Writing Competition to find our most talented story writers.

The closing date for entries is to school at 3.15 p.m. on Friday 16th February 2018. All entries will be submitted to the BBC 500 Words 2018 competition.   Entries are open to children aged 5-11 years and who attend the following academies:



Linden Road 

Manchester Road 


Bradley Green

Flowery Field




Winners will then be announced on Friday 2nd March and then will invited to an award event.

There will be two winners  and runners up.

One selected by our Student Panel made up of children from across the Manchester Hub.

The other judged by our Adult Panel made up of teachers and staff from across our schools.

Winners will receive a trophy and their height in books. Runners up will receive  each £25 in book vouchers. Winners and runners up will have their writing published on the Enquire Learning Trust website and on our website.


For rules please see below.


Good luck and happy writing!


Get Started

500 Words is an open invitation to the wide world of imagination, so it's time to get those creative cogs turning!

To help you get started, our website is packed full of helpful hints and terrific tips to bust through the writer's block.

Download a learning pack from the LEARN section, where you can also find advice from our celebrity judges Frank Cottrell Boyce and Charlie Higson in the 500 Words Live Lesson. There are also helpful hints from some famous faces in our Story Starters video series, including Naomi Harris, Amanda Abbington and Lady Leshurr.

Pop over to the 500 Words Blog to discover top tips to create terrific tales written by previous winners, amazing authors and a few of the 500 Words elves.

And for a last burst of inspiration why not watch the winning stories from last year's 500 Words Final from the Tower of London, and watch the highlights video below...