Looking for fun ideas to homeschool your kids or grandkids during lockdown? We have an idea for you!

The deadline for the ISF & UNESCO global storytelling competition has been extended to 31 May. And it’s now open to ALL 12- to 18-year-olds worldwide!

Write 250 to 500 words (in English or French) on the theme: «Once upon a time in my future…»

We need you to help spread the word! Share this post with your children, grandchildren, their friends, and teachers.

And remember the winners will have their stories published in a special hardcover edition as well as attend a ceremony at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

With so much of the world in lockdown, what better time to reflect on what might be?

For full details, keep reading, or visit:


Who is eligible?

Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old (inclusive). The Competition is open to all regardless of their nationality or city of residence.

How to participate?
Entries must be:

Short stories of 250 to 500 words;
Typed in English or French using Arial 12-point Regular font;
Original, unpublished works of fiction;
Stories on the potential for future societies to be fair, inclusive, peaceful, resilient, sustainable and/or tolerant.

Download the complete set of rules here:


please note that entries not respecting all of the requirements will not be considered.

The deadline for submission to worldtales@unesco.org is 31 May 2020 at midnight (CET).


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