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500 Words: Black Lives Matter – how are British children responding to the emerging themes and issues in their writing?
Almost 6,000 children entered the writing competition in July 2020 and Oxford University Press' analysis shines a light on children’s insight, empathy, and imagination when writing about race. Find out more.
Oxford Dictionaries for Children has teamed up with BBC Radio 2's 500 Words – the nationwide competition to find the most talented young writers in the UK!
Author Christopher Edge shares his top tips on for planning a top-tier tale for the BBC 500 Words short story competition.
Finished a first draft of your short story and not sure what to do next? Read Christopher Edge's top tips for polishing your story to perfection.
So you’ve got your idea, and you’ve planned the plot. Now comes the hardest (but most rewarding) part – actually writing your story. Here are Christopher Edge's top tips on how to get started.
Oxford University Press is proud to be partnering with the 500Words: Black Lives Matter story-writing competition. Our language experts collect and analyze every story received to better understand children's language and inform learning, so get your pens at the ready!
It’s easy to start a story, and it’s hard to finish one. Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series, shares her top tips for finishing a story.
Every writer wants to find the perfect words to tell their story. These activities will guide your child through four ways to make language sparkle in their creative writing, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words.
The team at Oxford Children’s Dictionaries have been poring through all 131,798 entries to identify the Children’s Word of the Year 2017 as 'trump'.
Coronavirus is the 2020 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year. Find out about children’s evolving use of language from analysis of stories from BBC 500 Words 2020.
Brexit is the 2019 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year. Find out about children’s evolving use of language from analysis of stories from BBC 500 Words 2019.
Coming up with a great story idea can be tricky, which is why we've gathered together four fun activities to inspire your child's creative writing.
Every story needs a star! These four fun activities will help any aspiring author dream up some page-turning protagonists.
Dictionaries are great for developing your child's vocabulary, but not just any will do. Publisher Sam Armstrong explains how Oxford Children's Dictionaries can support your child.