Do you have the creativity to write a great robot story?

We’re looking for exciting short stories featuring robots for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

This is your chance you show off your creativity and take the readers on an adventure into the world of robotics and intelligent machines.

You’ll need to use your imagination to create believable characters and a compelling plot.

Your short story can feature any kind of robot you can dream up, and could take place on Earth, in space or even on another planet!

Think about whether your story is set in the present day, the future, or perhaps the past. What challenges will your characters face? How will the adventure end?

Once Upon a Robot is open to children aged between 7 and 11 years old.

Top Tip

Try to structure your story with a beginning, middle, and end.

2020 Winners

Winner: Alexander Walker, Aged 9 – “RoboBat

Runner-Up: Alexander Hertog, Aged 10 – “R0bo Apocalypse

What made judging the Once Upon A Robot contest so enjoyable was the variety of stories we received. There were funny and serious stories, realistic ones and ones that were way out there, straight ahead sci-fi adventures and modern-talking fairytales. What none of them were was boring, and what the best of them were was surprising. The fact that the same starting point, those four words ‘Once Upon a Robot’ sent kids’ brains zooming off in so many directions was a joy, and allowed the writers to explore not only fantasies but also some real world worries, including the issues raised by the COVID-19 lockdown and by more long-running troubles like pollution and the climate emergency. I’m glad I wasn’t alone in having to pick a winner, and am excited to see when my scores are collated with those of my fellow judges who came out on top. I’m sure we have some future writers in the bunch, along with some future roboticists.

A.F. Harrold