Posted May 11, 2017 by Tina in As Told by Littles, As Told by Tina / 0 Comments

Hi Everyone! Today, the Littles and I have something a little different for you. We’re excited to share Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge! If you are parent, an aunt/uncle, teacher or know someone who have little ones that would enjoy this challenge be sure to pass this information along.

The Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge is unlike anything else! Why, you ask? The challenge is geared towards kids age 5-12. The idea is to inspire kids to think of a story that 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: (Also check out the website for inspirations and ideas!)

Upon submitting their 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. The key thing to know about timing here is that the contest runs until THE END OF THIS MONTH, May 31st so it would be great to encourage everyone to get their ideas in by then!

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!
  • Idea can be up to 100 words max.
  • Idea doesn’t have to be a whole story but enough to give a good idea about where the story would go.
  • Everyone should check out 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.

Examples of Entries:

Brady, 6

Brady makes an unusual friend named Bang Bang Bingo Bingo Bong Bong – or “Sound” for short, because he is…a Sound. You can’t see or touch Sound, but he can make any sound you could imagine! Sound plays tricks on Brady’s Auntie Kimberly, like making a door knocking sound (which confuses Auntie when no one’s at the door) and squeaking “please don’t eat me” when Auntie picks up an orange. Sound gets in a bit of trouble with his tricks, but becomes a hero when he makes a police siren sound to stop a robbery at the ice cream store!

Abrielle, 8

Yo Dippy D is an avocado. He hates the way is he shaped. Big and round on the bottom. All the other vegetables tease him and call him names. He sad and runs away. He runs into worse things in the jungle. Then he meets watermelons and cantaloupes. They show him how its cool to move. And its better to have more on the bottom.

Sean, 12

A boy tries to create a musical play with the help of a miniature giraffe, a tap dancing tortoise, and a bird that’s afraid of heights.

Jose, 9

A talking frog named Henry lives in a space shuttle ,and his ship gets hit .Henry has to travel to Cheese World to get a tool. Cheese World is a giant cheese planet shaped like the moon. Once Henry gets there, Henry steals the tool, but somebody finds out, and she tells on Henry. He escapes Cheese World, but Henry has to go though the mouse army the mouse army is a bunch of soldier mice. It takes hard work to escape, but he makes it out.

Will your little ones or someone you know enter? I’m going to talk to Little 1 about submitting some ideas!


About Tina

Tina is a twenty something year old mommy of three and lifelong lover of reading. When she is not breaking up fights between her littles, you can find her binge watching a show on Netflix or pretending to organize her life in her bullet journal. But in reality she's just an organized mess.