Word Festival

The CITL, along with campus and community partners, will hold the sixth annual Fall 2022 Word Festival vocabulary video competition throughout the month of October. AND, we are pleased to announce this fall's RU alumni judging panel: Y'Dell Lynch (2019, B.S. in Communications) and Stephanie Hazelhoff (2021, B.S. in Communications).

There were many many fun and creative entries last year, see below to check out the Fall 2021 winning films.

The Word Festival contest involves students making short, live-action videos (20 seconds or less) in which they express the meaning of a particular word to the viewer. Words must be derived from an archived list of the New York Times Word Of The Day (DOWNLOAD archive PDF), and definitions must be derived and cited from Merriam-Webster OnlineCambridge Dictionary Online, or Dictionary.com.

In addition, there is a Foreign Language category as well as dictionaries for Music and Medical fields for classes seeking discipline-specific words. Students participating in those areas will be using one of the resource listed below to derive your word and definition. Rules are the same, see guidelines below for specifics and an example video. Students in both tiers can choose to participate in the main category or the foreign language category:

- Online Spanish Dictionary Word of the Day - peruse their Word of the Day feature to find an interesting word.
- Collins Dictionary - multiple foreign language translation features.
- Word Reference - multiple foreign language translation features.
- Langenscheidt's - online Germany dictionary with translations in 25 languages.
- Merrian Webster Medical - online medical dictionary.
- Oxford Dictionary of Music - users on campus can access online.

Guidelines and Submission

Participation guidelines are below, they are short and simple -- READ CAREFULLY!

1. Videos must be no more than 20 seconds
2. Video must be original and live-action (can have additional elements).
3. Each word must be displayed, pronounced and defined, and the part of speech given.
4. For words in a language other than English: the language should be given and the word should be displayed and pronounced in the language. Provide an English translation of the definition (subtitles may be used)
5. If there are several definitions, the first one is fine (though a second or third definition could be used as well).
6. Use your imagination. You can act the word out, dramatize it, use puppets, draw, sing a song, create a dance, write a skit, incorporate photographs, use claymation, stop-motion, or anything else that will help viewers understand and learn your word. 
7. Commercially produced media and stock footage are not permitted.
8. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube.com to be considered (participants will provide the URL in the submission form, MAKE SURE it is viewable). You can make your upload 'unlisted' so that only those w/ the URL can see it.

Once your video is uploaded to YouTube, fill out one of the online submission forms below by the deadline 11:59pm, 10/31/2022:

ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM (link will go live 10/1/2022).

Fall 2021 Awards


Best Film Award: Ragamuffin - Raelin
Honorable Mention - Most Creative Script: Tawdry by Kate and Abi


Best Film Award: Braggadocio by Garland and Austin


Best Film Award: Hallucination by Kaydence, Cadence and Emma
Honorable Mention - Best Acting: Squabble by Emanuel


Best Film Award: Wanderlust by Paige L
Runner-Up (tie): Negligence by Stephanie C, Anna M, Monica R, Megan T, Collin H
Runner-Up (tie): Ominous by Nate T
Honorable Mention - Best Cinematography: Incantation by Kenny N
Honorable Mention - Best Use Of Effects: Pyromaniac by Stephanie H
Honorable Mention - Most Creative Use Of Word: Dynamic by Tyra H
Honorable Mention - Best Use Of Humor: Reek by Eileen B, Hayley A, Sammie J and Caroline S