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Four budding authors have entered BBC Radio 2's 500 Words competition with stories about wizards, Jedis, spiders and a guinea pig with superpowers.

The students, who are all in Year 7, are part of Mrs Jarvis' Writing Group and have been working hard on their stories every Wednesday before submitting them online on 26 February.

Entrants each write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer - the College's writers have each been presented with a special certificate by Mrs Jarvis to mark the fact that they have entered the competition.

The first round of judging will be done by volunteer teachers and librarians across the UK, the highest scoring entries will then be collated and a judging panel will to produce a shortlist of the top 50 entries comprising the top 25 entries from each of the two age categories.

The top 50 stories will be announced on 9th May 2015.

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The final judging panel is made up of popular authors Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon and the Duchess of Cornwall returns as an honorary judge who will help pick a winner from the top 50 stories.

"It's a real honour to think our stories will be read by the judges," said Joseph, whose story is about a wizard who tries to take over the world.

"I really enjoyed writing it - the humour was the best bit."

Ziggy's story is about a guinea pig called Super Squeak. "The idea came to me very quickly," he said.

"It was good fun to write."

Glen said his story - about a spider who hides in a banana - was inspired by his mum's fear of spiders and Harry enjoyed coming up with original names for the characters in his Star Wars-inspired tale.

"It's been brilliant to watch how engrossed they have become in their writing," said Mrs Jarvis.

"They've also really enjoyed reading their stories to each other.

"It's been a really good project to be part of," she said.

The winning story will be read live on the radio by a celebrity, someone like Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch - and it will be heard by an audience of more than 10 million listeners.

The final will be live from Shakespeare's Globe on 27 May 2016.


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