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Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 9th of June 2017

Poetry Competition For 7-11 Year-Olds

Once Upon A Dream Once Upon A Dream - The BFP

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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Rules

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

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 9th of June 2017

Prizes

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

The best poet in each book wins a £10 National Book Token.

Each participating pupil will receive a free Bookmark & Sticker.

How To Enter

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  • You can enter via post, to:
    FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    Peterborough
    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

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 9th of June 2017

Downloads

Once Upon A Dream

To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Posters, Lesson Plans, 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

Utilise the free video lesson for Once Upon a Dream, where The BFP (The Big Friendly Poet) teaches pupils 4 poetic techniques!

The BFP talks directly to pupils, engaging them from the start. With examples of each technique and a sample poem, all you have to do is sit back and pause the video, when necessary, so pupils can complete the worksheet.

With over 11,000 views to date, The BFP is a total hit with pupils – come and see what you’re missing out on!

Tip #2

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 lovely keepsake for any pupils who are leaving your school this year.

Tip #3

This quick and easy activity will have pupils writing original poetry in no time!

Writing poems straight on to paper it’s practical, but not always fun! So why not write as pupils to create a dream jar! Download the Dream Jar activities in the Download section above and once pupils have designed their dream masterpiece get them to commit their hopes, dreams and ambitions on the colourful Once Upon a Dream worksheet.

If you wanted to you could also make a classroom display with the dream jars and poems – if you do we’d love to see it, tag us in it on Twitter @YoungWritersCW!


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Contact Us

Once Upon A Dream

FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers PS
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524
Email: info@youngwriters.co.uk

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

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

Send school entries online
For teachers to upload their pupils' submissions

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 9th of June 2017

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