Adopt a Word
Help preserve, protect and nurture the building blocks of our books, writing and ideas. For a modest $85 donation, bring a word under your wing and protect it from the ravages of modern life. Adoptions are for 12 months and are tax-deductible.
Receive the following:
- An adoption certificate;
- eBadge with your word to spread the news of your adoption;
- Quarterly updates on the progress of our adopt-a-word campaign, and other news from the Wheeler Centre; and
- The satisfaction of supporting our work with the vibrant literary sector.
Recently adopted words
Click a word to reveal its definition. Found a word you'd be proud to call your own? Take it under your wing and save it from life in a dusty, disused dictionary. Adopt!
(If your chosen word has already been adopted, check again later – we'll bring you more words to adopt soon.)
How the money is used
Your donation will support the Wheeler Centre's contribution to, and amplification of, the literary sector in Australia – nurturing the role of literature, storytelling and storymaking in Australian culture and identity.
All the writers we engage – for public events, commissioned writing, or in any other capacity – are paid at professional rates.
Word adoptions are fully tax-deductible.