WhizzFizzFest presents...

'The Queens Park 500 Words Challenge 2020'


Queens Park Arts Centre are delighted to be working with WhizzFizzFest to present the second annual 'Queens Park 500 Words Challenge'.

What is the 500 Words Challenge?

This very special competition aims to celebrate writing and encourage the next generation of bestselling authors to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard!). The challenge is open to anyone aged 5-13 with a passion for telling terrific tales.

How does it work?

Authors have until 3rd May 2020 to write their story. Stories must be completely original and submitted via email (by an adult) to info@qpc.org along with a filled-in and signed Entry Form. Please note: we cannot accept entries sent in my post or delivered by hand to the Centre.

There will be two age categories: 5-9 and 10-13. We’ll whittle down the longlist of entries to the Top 10 for each category, which will then be read by our WhizzFizz Judges. They’ll pick a Top 3 for each category; all six top stories will be read out at WhizzFizzFest 2019 on 27th June, and the winning story in each category will win the grand prize…

What’s the Grand Prize?

The winning stories will transformed into amazing online videos, performed by members of our in-house production company Unbound and illustrated by our talented artists. These videos will be posted online after the Festival for all to enjoy!
The runners up will also receive a prize – 2nd Place entries will receive a free Family Ticket to our 2020 pantomime, and 3rd Place entries will receive a workshop voucher.

How Do I Enter?

See below to download the Entry Form and the full Terms & Conditions for the competition, and then get writing! Stories must be submitted to info@qpc.org by 7pm on 3rd May 2020.

Any Questions?

If you’ve got any further questions about the competition, then get in touch! You can email info@qpc.org or give us a call on 01296 424332.

WhizzFizzFest 2020

The 2020 WhizzFizzFest is going to be bigger than ever, with a stellar line up of celebrity guests, a wide variety of great events and, of course, the spectacular street parade all happening on the day. Click here to visit the official WhizzFizzFest website and discover all the latest news and updates about the event.

2019 Winning Entries

Click here to download an Entry Form.

Click here to download the full Terms & Conditions.

Click here to download the Queens Park Arts Centre Privacy Notice for the Challenge.

Click here to download the AVDC Privacy Notice for the Challenge.