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Your words help us understand children's language...

500 Words is delighted to be run in association with Oxford University Press in 2020. Together, we hope that we'll be able to provide even richer learning material to anyone who comes into contact with our competition; whether that's teachers, parents or kids.

You can find out more about OUP and their work here.

Since 2012, we've sent every story we've received to Oxford University Press. These scholarly superstars have now collected 906,243 stories since 2012. That's over 386 million words! Our entrants have provided them with the biggest collection of children's writing in the world.

Why does that matter? Well, these stories help them to understand the language children are using and how it's developing over time, it helps them work out what kids are interested in: from politics to world events, celebrities to football, and it informs the creation of their dictionaries and learning resources for children The results from this are taught in seminars and lectures around the world and help leading figures in Education to improve the way English is taught in schools.

So that's why, if you're a teacher, you should send us EVERY story from your class...or if you're a parent, you should encourage your kids to have a go. Their stories will ultimately change education in schools...and who knows, maybe change lives.

So what do your words mean?

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