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Once Upon A Dream 2024 |
Poetry Competition

Ideal for ages 7-12

Once Upon A Dream 2024 Video

Your child is invited to delve into their imagination 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. 

Benefits of Entering

🌟 Colourful worksheets to engage your child 

🌟 No limits on poetry style or subject

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

🌟 Goody bag for the best 10 published poets

🌟 Bookmark and sticker for every entrant

🌟 Free to enter

Once Upon A Dream is ideal for 7-12 year-olds, but children outside the age range are welcome to enter.

Your child will love letting their imagination run riot, and we can't wait to read their poem for Once Upon A Dream!

How To Enter

Email your child's entry along with their, name and full address to: [email protected]


Upload their entry at www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/enter or use the link below.


Post your child's entry along with their, name and full address to:

Young Writers - Once Upon A Dream
Remus House

Closing Date: 16th February 2024


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

  • Only one entry per person.
  • Your child's poem can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed. (An adult can assist!)
  • Please include your child's name, age and full postal address on their entry.
  • The poem can be written in any poetic style & use any poetic techniques.
  • Your child's poem must be their own work.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • Free to enter.
  • UK entrants only.
  • If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.


    Once Upon A Dream 2024 Prize

    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 chosen from entries received in the Spring Term 2023 and prizes sent out the following term. Independent entrants are eligible for pupil prizes. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ.)

    Closing Date: Thursday 29th Feb 2024

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