Two Minute Tales BBC NI Competition

Get Involved in Two Minute Tales
BBC Northern Ireland’s Two Minute Tales is a short story competition for 5-16 year-olds aimed at promoting creativity and imagination.

The competition will open for entries on Thursday 22nd October 2020 and close on Friday 13th November 2020.

If you’d like to submit a story then it must to be no longer than 300 words.

The theme for this series is ‘A Christmas to Remember’. These stories can be inspired by real life events, but we want to read your magical and fantastical works of fiction. Let your imagination and creativity run wild!

Your story may be broadcast so it is important you do not include any personal details about yourself. Please do not include your name in the title or body of your story.

Finalist’s names will be revealed on The Lynette Fay Show on Radio Ulster on Thursday 26th November. Their Two Minute Tales will be broadcast in the lead up to Christmas:

Monday 21st December: 5 – 9 age category finalists

Tuesday 22nd December: 10 – 13 age category finalists

Wednesday 23rd December: 14 – 16 age category finalists

Thursday 24th December: Overall winners in each category revealed!

A compilation programme featuring all the Two Minute Tales will be broadcast at noon on Christmas Day on Radio Ulster.

How do I enter?
If you’re a parent submitting a story on behalf of a child, then please use our special online form.

Please ensure you’ve read our full Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice before submitting your stories.

Entries will be sorted into three age categories: 5 – 8, 9 -13 and 14 – 16.

9 entries will be shortlisted (3 in each age category) and will be voiced by an actor before being broadcast on The Lynette Fay Show on BBC Radio Ulster in December 2020.

The overall winning entry in each category will be turned into an animation and the featured across the BBC.

The two runners-up in each category will receive a specially commissioned illustration of a scene from their story.

The final 9 Two Minute Tales and illustrations will feature in a downloadable digital storybook.

How will the judging process work?
The Two Minute Tales production team will carry out the first round of shortlisting.

The top 30 entries will be given to a judging panel who will select 3 finalists in each age category including an overall winner.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

– Originality

– Plot

– Characterisation

– Language

– Enjoyment