How to enter


Get your entry pack
Download our entry pack, or request one to be posted to you.


Write your robot story in your preferred word processing software.


Give your robot story a title


Complete our online entry form and upload your story.

Competition Details

  • Opens for entries: 12th April 2021
  • Deadline for entries: 23rd May 2021
  • Winners announced: 23rd June 2021


  • A MakeBlock Codey Rocky Educational Coding Robot (courtesy of FAIR-SPACE)
  • Unique and exclusive prizes courtesy of our guest judges


Iszi Lawrence
Writer, comedian, podcaster and History presenter

Dr Richard Gillham Darnley
Technical Officer, FAIR-SPACE, University of Surrey

Iszi is a writer, comedian, podcaster and History presenter. Her first novel, The Unstoppable Letty Pegg was published in 2020.
Richard is Technical Officer for the FAIR-SPACE project within the Surrey Space Centre.

Entry Criteria

  1. The Once Upon a Robot Competition is open to UK children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7 to 11 years, see Terms and Conditions below)
  2. You do not have to be registered at a UK school to enter.
  3. Only individual entries will be accepted.
  4. Your entry must include:
    – a title
    – a fictional story about one or more robots of between 400 and 800 words.
  5. Your entry must be entirely your own work.
  6. You must complete our online form no later than the 23rd May to be in with a chance to win.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Entries to the competition are open from 12th April to 23rd May 2021.
  2. To enter, children must be born between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2013, and residing in the United Kingdom.
  3. Entries must be submitted via our online form by 23:59 BST on the 23rd May 2021.
  4. Stories longer than 800 words (not including the title) or shorter than 300 words will not be considered.
  5. Entries will be scored, by an independent judging panel, on:
    • the creativity of the story;
    • the clarity of the narrative;
    • the inclusion of an exciting plot twist.
  6. By entering, you grant permission to the EPSRC UK-RAS Network to use your story, name, and age in promotional materials both online and in print.
  7. Winners will be invited to a virtual award ceremony on the 23rd June, as part of the UK Festival of Robotics.

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