Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge

Hey, everyone! Today I've got a different kind of post for you, so if you're a parent, aunt, uncle, or elementary or middle school teacher, pay attention! This is all for your kids and the amazing talent they already have within their brains!

Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge is here to bring out the creative writer in kids aged 5-12!

The Roald Dahl Imaginormous Challenge is unlike anything else. "Why," you ask? 

It's geared towards ages 5-12, and the idea of the writing challenge is to get kids to think of a story they would love to write. Any story. A mermaid who meets a kangaroo and they go to Montana together. 

Kids can submit their ideas (with parental/guardian help and approval) online: www.imaginormouschallenge.com 
(Also check out the website for inspirations and ideas!)

Upon submitting a story, they'll be entered to win prizes for their classrooms, a trip to a Broadway showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or even a trip to London or New York City for them and their family. But your kiddos don't have long to enter! The contest runs through the end of the month - May 31st!

Contest Details

  • Challenge is for US only, ages 5-12 but anyone can help spread the word/share with the kids in their lives!
  • Contest ends May 31st!
  • The idea can be up to 100 words max. 
  • The idea doesn’t have to be a whole story but enough to give a good idea of where the story would go. 
  • Everyone should check out www.imaginormouschallenge.com for contest rules, examples, and resources for parents and teachers.
  • Kids can submit as many times as they want to the various categories. 
  • There will be FIVE winners chosen—one winner for each of the five categories. 
  • Children will obviously need adult help entering and resources for adults can be found on the website. 
  • It’s important to the Roald Dahl Literary estate that kids of all levels/walks of life are encouraged to enter. The idea will not be judged on spelling or grammar, just the idea itself. 
  • The challenge is not just for writers/artists—the challenge prizes are for kids interested in music, video games, candy!
  • Kids should be encouraged to use post-its (dark blue, light blue, and yellow colors encouraged), as well as an easy to create idea book (can be created with a folded piece of printer paper) to come up with ideas and brainstorm. 

I really, really hope you tell your kids and students about this contest. For me, I always encourage my students to be as creative as they can be, and I hope you encourage yours, too.

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