500 Bright Words

500 Bright Words - an introduction

the competition

student writing

As part of Bright World's Keeping in Touch initiative, we are giving all of our students the chance to win a special prize, by taking part in our 500 Bright Words competition.

The objective is to write a story which is around 500 words long. This story can be fictional or non-fictional, but the topic should be centred around any positive or humorous situation which has arisen out of the current Coronavirus crisis. As examples, it could be something to do with increased phone contact with distant friends or family members, or perhaps a community really pulling together to help others. The idea is to share and celebrate any positive anecdotes which have come about as a result of our current sad situation.

This should also provide a good way for students to practice their English whilst they are back at home, or with their Bright World host family.

There are three great prizes on offer- 1st place will win a £100 Amazon voucher, 2nd place will win a £50 Amazon voucher, and 3rd place will win a £25 Amazon voucher. The winning entry will be read out by a special guest on one of Bright World's podcasts in May. All entries will be scored by our four judges, whose bios you will find below.

The competition is now OPEN. All entries should be submitted via the entry form linked below. The competition will end at midnight on Thursday 30th April.

Good luck!

the judges

Liv Francis-Pape

I work as an author, poet, singer and shop assistant at a textiles and haberdashery shop. I am mainly a confessional writer and I write poetry, short fiction, plays and articles. I have been writing for most of my life, throughout education and beyond - literature and writing were always my specialisms at school, college and university. I have had my short fiction and poetry published by several independent journals, magazines and newspapers, and my poetry and music has also been performed.

Sarah Bozier

I am the Bright World Local Coordinator for Suffolk and Norfolk. As well as enjoying working for Bright World, I have been a primary school teacher for 12 years and a personal tutor. One of my roles as a teacher has been English Lead Practitioner and Coordinator. Over the years I have developed writing schemes; led staff training with a focus on inspiring young writers; judged story writing competitions and developed initiatives in school to promote a passion for creative writing. I love being able to run the film club, reading detective and young author clubs at my school.

Louis Spice

I have worked at Bright World for 2 and a half years now, occupying a Regional Manager role in the Sales & Marketing Team. Even as a child, I have always been a keen reader, and have always enjoyed creative writing. I have an A Level in English Language, and enjoy studying other languages and cultures. I was awarded a degree in Media & Cultural Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2014, where the focus of my dissertation was youth culture.

Martyn Pape

I am the Bright World Local Coordinator for Dorset and Somerset, and have worked for the company for around 10 years now. I live in Bridport, Dorset by the Jurassic coast which is a small market town and has been my home town for nearly 20 years. I went to Bristol University and Jerusalem University as an undergraduate, reading Social Science and Middle Eastern Politics and then as a Postgraduate student at Bristol University reading Applied Social Science. I have two daughters, one works as a midwife in a local hospital and the other is an author and writer.