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Once Upon A Dream 2024 |
Poetry Competition
| Ideal for ages 7-12

Once Upon A Dream 2024 Video

Set imaginations alight with Once Upon A Dream, the poetry competition that encourages creativity and gives 7-12 year-olds a purpose to write.

Once Upon A Dream encourages creativity, giving all your pupils the chance to shine and become confident writers.

Your pupils are invited to delve into their imaginations to write a poem inspired by their dreams. Using any poetic style or technique, they can write about incredible worlds or fantasy creatures, conjure up nightmares to face their fears, or write about real-life dreams such as their ambitions or goals, hopes or wishes. 

Pop on the video and relax with a cup of tea as the Big Friendly Poet teaches your pupils about similes, imagery, onomatopoeia and personification, giving them the tools to write engaging, effective poems.

Benefits of Entering

🌟 Colourful worksheets to engage your pupils

🌟 Opportunity for your pupils to be published in a real book

🌟 Tie in with your class topic or book for cross-curricular links

🌟 No limits on poetry style or subject

🌟 Incredible poetry book bundle for the school with the best set of entries

🌟 Bookmark and sticker for every entrant

🌟 Free to enter

There's a wealth of free resources available to download, including example poems from past winners, a lesson plan and accompanying PowerPoint for use without the video, and fun creative activities for your class to inspire ideas.

Once Upon A Dream is ideal for 7-12 year-olds, but pupils outside the age range are welcome to enter, so it's a great opportunity to get your whole school writing!

Save your print costs and request as many entry forms as you need and we'll post them out to you free of charge.

Your pupils will love letting their imaginations run riot, and we can't wait to read their poems for Once Upon A Dream!

Closing Date: Thursday 29th Feb 2024

We've worked with over 20,000 schools. Here's what some of them have to say...

The children really enjoyed the freedom. Well resourced with PowerPoints to support.

R Sunley, Knighton Mead Primary Academy
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Printed Resources

Save money on printing, let us know how many you'd like of the resources below, and we'll pop them in the post for you!

Pupil Worksheet
Teacher Information

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You'll get access to...

Make A Dream Jar Activity
Make A Dream Catcher Activity
Parent Information Guide
Pupil Word Doc Entry Form
Teacher Entry Form
Pupil Online Writing Portal Guide
Pupil Entry Form A4
Teacher Information
Pupil Worksheet
Teacher Online Writing Portal Guide
Video Lesson Plan
Poetic Techniques Worksheet
Example Poems
Non-Video Lesson Plan
PowerPoint PDF

Competition Rules

To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

Closing Date: Thursday 29th Feb 2024
  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!
  • Ask your pupils to write their poem (or an adult can scribe/type it), ensuring their name, age and school name are included.
  • Poems can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).
  • Pupils' poems must be their own work!
  • Poems can be written in any poetic style & use any poetic techniques.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • UK entrants only.
  • Free to enter.
  • If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

    For Schools

    The school that submits the best overall set of entries will win Young Writers' Award of Excellence and a huge poetry book bundle.

    PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their pupils feature in!

    (Remember, you receive 1 free copy for every 30 entries you submit! E.g. 1-30 entries you receive 1 copy, 31-60 entries you receive 2 copies, etc.)

    The school prize is a magnificent poetry book bundle which includes a copy of each book in the photo. A huge thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing PLCHachette Children's GroupHarperCollins PublishersPan MacmillanThe Emma PressWalker Books Ltd for donating these wonderful poetry books that are an incredible asset to any school classroom or library!

    For Pupils

    Our 10 favourite published poets will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


    Every entrant receives a bookmark and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

    (School and pupil winners will be selected from entries received in the Spring Term 2023 and will be chosen the following term. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ.)

    Enter Online


    Email your entries to [email protected]


    Upload your entries

      Entrants type their entries online

    Why not combine literacy and ICT by using the online writing portal? Entrants can type their work and you can submit them at the click of a button!

    Writing Portal

    Send by Freepost

    Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

    We're looking forward to reading your pupils' stories!

    Jenni, Editor

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    Tips will be added here each week that the competition is running.

    Get In Touch

    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

    [email protected]

    (01733) 890066

    Closing Date: Thursday 29th Feb 2024

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