About Oxford Big Read
Oxford Big Read is a competition organised by Oxford University Press to get students excited about reading and writing in English.
Since launching in 2013, thousands of students from all over Japan have taken part to create unique and original works about stories written in English.
Taking part is simple. Students in participating schools read an eligible book and create a poster based on what they read; and teachers select which posters to enter into the national competition.
Entries are judged anonymously by a panel of teachers and Oxford University Press staff. The results are announced in January with winners and runners up awarded prizes.
What's more, we're pleased to announce that the first-ever global Big Read contest will be held this year. National Prize Winners of the Big Read in Japan will be automatically eligible for the global Big Read competition. Details will be announced on the competition website.
For more information, including rules and eligibility, read the terms and conditions.
Entry to this year's Big Read is now closed. The 2021 winners will be announced in January 2022.
Who can enter
The competition is open to students in junior high schools and senior high schools in Japan. There are two age groups - one for Junior High School, and another for High School.
We regret to inform that universities are not eligible to enter the Big Read competition from this year. If a university wishes to hold its own reading competition, it is free to use the materials provided in our Starter Pack, however it takes sole responsibility for administering the competition and awarding prizes.
- May 2021
- Registration open
- 30 November 2021
- Submission deadline
- January 2022
- Winners announced
How to enter
1. Register your class
Teachers register their participating classes by completing the online registration form.
2. Read & create
Students read a book from a list of eligible readers, create a poster, and submit it to their teacher.
Resources and ideas are in the Starter Pack.
3. Submit entries
Teachers select up to five posters per class and submit them for entry by post, email or file upload.
What teachers say
Students work on their book posters over the summer holidays. We then hold class votes and enter the five most popular posters into the Big Read. When the students give presentations about the stories they read to the class, I encourage them to use their own words regardless of the book’s language level. This, I hope, motivates them to want to read in English more and more!
Hakuho Girls' High School
Big Read is a great way to bring a different kind of creativity to the classroom. It is also an excellent way to introduce students to Oxford Graded Readers, and hopefully, to a lifetime of reading for pleasure in English. I can't wait to see all the posters in 2021!
Hikarigaoka Girls' High School
The extensive reading and competition activities are great tools for getting students used to English while improving their creativity. At Denso Technical Skills Academy, we encourage students to join Oxford Big Read to help them develop the communication and creative thinking skills that are essential for employment.
Denso Technical Skills Academy