Help us discover the 2017 Children’s Word of the Year by entering our free writing competition and go into the draw to win some amazing prizes!

Oxford is dedicated to improving communication through an understanding of, and a passion for, language around the globe. We are searching for the 2017 Australian Children’s Word of the Year, and we’d like to invite your class to participate in a writing competition to discover it.

Each student can nominate their ‘Word of the Year’, and write up to 500 words about it. The winning entry will be the word that best reflects the lives and interests of Australian children today, whether in the playground or in the wider community. Children from the UK have written about ‘refugees’ and ‘Trump’, so we are excited to discover what Australian children are talking about. Prize packs of Oxford learning resources will be presented to class and individual winners, and the best entries will be published here!

Entries close last week of term 3!

How to enter

  1. Download the entry form and template below.
  2. Ask your students to write their own story, using the template, about whatever topic they would like. Use the downloadable lesson plan to give them more ideas!
  3. Make sure each student entry is handwritten. Typed entries will not be accepted.
  4. Send your students’ entries to us by mail to 253 Normanby Road, South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 or scan and email to


  • Class entries (F–6)
  • Individual entries


  • 3 grand-prize class winners
  • 3 individual winners
  • Participation packs for all classes!

What you'll need

Entry form
After completing your school and class details, please send through, along with your entries, to the address above.

Writing template
Your students can write their amazing stories on the above template. Print out as many copies as your students need, but remember, entries should be no longer than 500 words!

Lesson plan
Use this lesson plan for useful ways to get your students' imaginations running wild!