Once Upon A Dream |
Poetry Contest

All Ages School

Once Upon A Dream Video

Unleash your students' imaginations with Once Upon A Dream

Explore endless possibilities and create a classroom of confident writers.

Introduce the wonders of poetry to your students with Once Upon A Dream. The open theme means they can write about whatever inspires them, or you can link it to your class topic or book. 

Will they enter a world of imagination and write about the weird and wonderful things they see in their dreams? Perhaps they'll write about their future hopes and aspirations, either for themselves or for the world. They could even explore the darker side of dreams and venture into fear and nightmares. 

Benefits of Entering

🌟Boost students' confidence in their writing skills

🌟Writing for a purpose inspires and engages students

🌟All students who enter will receive a bookmark

🌟Certificate of merit for those selected for publication

🌟Free copy of the book your students feature in

🌟Fantastic prizes to be won for schools and students

🌟Showcase your school's writing talent

This contest is open to all grades and ages, so you can get your whole school involved! Go to the Download tab so you can print as many graphic organizers as you need. You can also view the Google Slides presentation here!

We can't wait to read your students' poems!

Entries need to reach us by: February 23, 2024

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

  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Poems can be on the entry form or a sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).

  • Poems must be your students' own original work.

  • Each student's name, age and school name should be included on their entry.

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

  • No line limit.

  • US entrants only.

  • Copyright remains with the author.

  • Free to enter.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

The Young Writers’ Award of Excellence is awarded to the school that submits the best set of entries for this contest.

PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their students feature in.

(The more entries you send, the more free books you’ll receive: E.g. Send 1-30 entries & you'll receive 1 free copy, send 31-60 entries you'll receive 2 free copies, etc.)

For Entrants

Our favorite 3 writers will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!

PLUS every entrant receives a bookmark for taking part. Students chosen for publication also receive a certificate.

(The school & student winners will be chosen from the entries received Jan-Feb 2024 and prizes awarded the following semester.)


Here are the ways you can enter digitally - please choose one:

Send your entries by uploading them:

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Use the Online Writing Portal if you want your students to type their work during a lesson or for homework.

Writing Portal

Email Entries

Alternatively, you can submit your entries via Google Docs - please make sure that we have permission to access and download the files.

By Mail

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

Young Writers Once Upon A Dream
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Get In Touch

Young Writers
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

[email protected]


Closing Date: March 01, 2024