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Once again we are collaborating with BBC Radio 2 on the 500 Words short-story competition, which aims to inspire creative writing in children and increase our reach into schools.
Every year, our language experts analyse the competition entries in order to capture children’s fascinating and evolving use of language and pick out key trends and themes, which in turn supports our choice of Children’s Word of the Year.
Since 500 Words was created in 2011, more than 800,000 children between five and 13 years old, have taken part by getting creative and submitting original stories using no more than 500 words.
Helen Freeman, OUP’s Director of Publishing Operations and Home Sector, says: ‘Every year we are blown away by the creative ways children use language to tell their stories and we can’t wait to see what they will surprise us with in 2019. Our language experts analyse the stories to make fascinating discoveries about children’s language and we use these findings to create resources that help children from all backgrounds develop the language skills they need to succeed in their learning and in life.’
The competition is now open and the closing date for entries is 7pm on Thursday 8 March.
Full details are available at bbc.co.uk/500words