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500 Words 2019

500 WORDS and Oxford Dictionaries for Children

Oxford Dictionaries for Children has once again teamed up with BBC Radio 2's 500 WORDS – the nationwide competition to find the most talented young writers!

500 WORDS and Oxford Dictionaries for Children

Oxford Dictionaries for Children has once again teamed up with BBC Radio 2's 500 WORDS – the nationwide competition to find the most talented young writers!


The BBC Radio 2 500 WORDS competition, run by the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, asks children aged 5-13 to compose an original work of fiction in no more than 500 words. For the past seven years, Oxford Dictionaries for Children has collected and analysed all of the words used by young writers in the competition; that's 340 million words.

With the help of the Oxford Children's Corpus, Oxford Dictionaries for Children explores the ways children use language today, their favourite words, invented words, and new words.

Our continued involvement with the competition deepens our understanding of children’s language as part of our on-going language research and informs our dictionary compilation programme.

We also work in partnership with ReadOxford, a research group based in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and support their research into children’s reading and literacy.

Resources for Creative Writing

How to Write Your Best Story Ever!

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My Best Short Story in 500 Words

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How to Be a Young #Writer

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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

A unique Roald Dahl Dictionary from Oxford

Roald Dahl's Rotsome and Repulsant Words

Roald Dahl's Rotsome & Repulsant Words

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Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

The essential primary guide to grammar, punctuation, and spelling

Oxford School Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Dictionary

An invaluable guide to getting your spelling, punctuation, and grammar right

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Oxford Junior Illustrated Dictionary

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Oxford Primary Illustrated Dictionary

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Oxford Primary Dictionary

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Oxford School Dictionary

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Oxford Junior Illustrated Thesaurus

Oxford Junior Illustrated Thesaurus

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Oxford Primary Illustrated Thesaurus

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Oxford Primary Thesaurus

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Oxford School Thesaurus

Oxford School Thesaurus

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