The competition was launched back in 2011, after Chris Evans had a dream. He dreamt of getting children excited about reading and writing. All children: no matter what their ability, experience, or background.
2019 attracted over 110, 000 entries children to the short story competition, and since it launched, the competition has received over 912,986 short stories.
It’s super simple. All children must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING you want – space-ships, grannies, insects, time travel. The list is endless!
Stories are judged anonymously, without regard to grammar, punctuation or spelling. The competition culminates in a broadcast extravaganza of live music and sensational story-telling every summer, at a special venue. Past venues have included The Globe and The Tower of London and Windsor Castle. 2019 saw a magnificent extravaganza come live from Windsor Castle. We can't wait to see what happens this year as the final takes place at Buckingham Palace on the 12th June.
Oxford Reading Buddy
Oxford Reading Buddy is a programme designed to support your child with their reading at home. Your child can access it via their tablet or home PC using a unique username and password which has been given to them by their class teacher. Children can access a range of reading materials appropriate to their reading stage, and can take a fun quiz after completion to check their comprehension.
Please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher if you need a new log in, and if you are experiencing any difficulties in using the programme please follow this link for helpful suggestions: