Our Fourth Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge

Due Feb. 27th, 2018

The New York Times has been publishing a Word of the Day every school day since 2009, and in 2013, just as we were about to hit 1,000 words, we worked with Vocabulary.com and together announced our first Vocabulary Video Contest.We liked the results so much that we’ve brought it back every year since.So, for the fourth year in a row, we invite you to create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words in our collection, which is now over 1,600 words strong.You have until Feb. 28 at 7 a.m. Eastern time to enter. As we like to remind you each year: Tenacity + a desire to edify+ an enterprising nature – sloth = a beguiling result.


— Each word must be pronounced and defined, and the part of speech must be given. Please don’t forget: every year we have to disqualify many who fail to heed this rule. — All definitions must come from either the Word of the Day or Vocabulary.com. If there are several definitions, you may use just the first one if you like. — You must be 13 to 19 years old, but can be from anywhere in the world. — Your video should be no more than 15 seconds, but can be shorter. — You can work alone, with a partner or in a group, but only one submission per student, please, whether you’re working alone or with others. — Use your imagination. You can act the word out, animate it, use puppets, draw, sing a song, create a dance, incorporate photographs, create a Claymation, or anything else that will help viewers understand and learn your word. — Post a link to the video in our comments section with the name or names of everyone who worked on the video. We will watch the videos first to make sure they are appropriate before we approve your comment, so don’t worry if you don’t see your link for a day or two. — Please make sure your video is public so that we can see it without a password. — The contest ends on Feb. 28 at 7 a.m. Eastern time. — Use link below for all 1,631 words we have published through Jan. 11, 2017.

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