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Poetry Competition For 6-11 Year-Olds

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Your pupils are invited to write a poem inspired by their dreams. Whether it's a real-life aspiration, a wonderful world created inside their mind or even influenced by a nightmare or fear, Once Upon A Dream is a fantastic way for pupils to express themselves!

Let pupils' imaginations run riot and unleash their creativity, because with Once Upon A Dream, anything is possible…

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Once Upon A Dream
  • Only one entry per pupil

  • Poems can be written or typed on any theme and in any poetic style

  • Please ensure that all pupils include their name, surname and age on the pupil entry form



Once Upon A Dream

For Schools

The best school will win the Young Writers' Award of Excellence, which they can showcase in their school.

They will also win a huge bundle of books for their school library.

PLUS, each participating school will receive a free copy of the book that their pupils feature in!

For Pupils

£10 Once Upon A Dream goody bags packed full of fun!

Our editors and independent judge will pick their favourite 10 poets from entries received during the Summer Term 2019.

How To Enter

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  • You can enter via post, to:
    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Or you can upload poems to Online Entries

  • If you are in need of more entry forms, please go to Downloads / Resources Request

  • Please ensure that all pupils include their name, surname and age on the pupil entry form



To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Poster, Lesson Plan, resources, and more… please fill in the short form below. All download links will appear once the form is sent and the links will also be emailed to you.



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Writing Tips

Tip #1

Ask pupils to write a poem for their best friend, sibling, parents etc

They will be Dream-Givers, granting wishes and sharing hopes and ambitions for someone they care about.

This is a great way to write original, emotive poetry as well as create something personal and kind for someone they love.

It’s also a brilliant way for your Year 6s to say goodbye to their friends!


Tip #2

The downside of dreams is nightmares. Do you dare to ask pupils to face their fears through poetry?

Clowns, spiders, getting lost, failure… are pupils brave enough to expose their fears and write a poem about them?

Encourage them to think of creative ideas to turn their serious fear into a positive, something harmless to help make the fear less scary…

Cathartic writing is very popular in poetry, perhaps your pupils will have the same experience as they release all their fears and emotions on paper.

Tip #3

If you haven't already, then watch our poetic techniques lesson plan with your pupils! Let the BFP (Big Friendly Poet) take them to Dreamland, where they will learn about 4 poetic techniques and be given a poetry starter to help prompt their poetry writing.

It’s a fun and easy lesson, so please do get involved!

Watch the video here!

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Contact Us

Once Upon A Dream

Young Writers PS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

Enter online
For Young Writers entering independently (not via their school)


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