2020 Basic+ Word of the Day Short Story Contest

The end of the year is almost here! To help us celebrate, you can write a short story inspired by our Word of the Day site!


Please write a story about hope or a new beginning or start.

Include at least 10 past Basic+ words of the day from any year in your story. Use our site to search for past words and read about their meanings. You can use plural forms of the words, conjugated verbs, etc. Use any words in the Basic+ column in this link.

Your story must be under 300 words (shorter is fine, but not longer).

One story per person (ie, you can send an Intermediate+ story OR a Basic+ story). The Intermediate+ contest is here.

To enter (that means that you will be in the contest), use this form to give us your contact information and your story. Prepare your story and fill out the form when it is finished. Please CAPITALIZE all the Word of the Day words so we can count them easily.


The winner will receive $100 via PayPal or Western Union. Runners up (people who almost win) will receive $25. The winning story will be published on the WordReference Word of the Day website.

We will announce the winner on January 4. Send your story by December 27.

Good luck and thank you for reading Word of the Day in 2020!

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Word of the Day is released Monday through Friday.

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