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

Once Upon A Dream 2024 Video

Set imaginations alight with Once Upon A Dream, the creative writing competition that encourages imaginative thinking 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 about their dreams. Using any 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 work for Once Upon A Dream!

Closing Date: Friday 7th Jun 2024

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

Thank you for giving us such a lovely engaging activity. The video lesson plan was great fun too!

Helen Auster, Long Crendon School
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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!

Once Upon A Dream Teacher Info Card
Once Upon A Dream Pupil Worksheet

Access Free Downloads

You'll get instant access to free writing resources.

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You'll get access to...

Dream Catcher Activity
How To Make A Dream Jar
Online Writing Portal Pupil Guide
Online Writing Portal Teacher Guide
Poetry Techniques Worksheet
PowerPoint PDF
Video Lesson Plan
Pupil Word Doc Entry Form
Once Upon A Dream Pupil Worksheet
Teacher Entry Form
Lesson Plan
Parent Information Guide
Once Upon A Dream Teacher Info Card

Competition Rules

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

Closing Date: Friday 7th Jun 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 piece (or an adult can scribe/type it), ensuring their name, age and school name are included.
  • Work can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).
  • Poems can be written in any poetic style & use any poetic techniques.
  • Stories up to 250 words can be accepted
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • UK entrants only.
  • Free to enter.
  • Pupils' work must be their own! (Please note on the entry if there is anything we need to take into consideration when reading the work.)
  • 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 writers 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 Summer Term 2024 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' creative writing!

    Jenni, Editor

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    Get In Touch

    [email protected]

    01733 890066

    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

    Closing Date: Friday 7th Jun 2024

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