Roald Dahl’s stories often started as tiny ideas scribbled into one of his beloved “Ideas Books”—these little ideas would later become the stories, characters, inventions, and imaginative worlds featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and many more.
Inspiration for a story idea could come from anywhere. For example: things or people you’ve seen; dreams you’ve had; characters you’ve met; inventions you’d like to create; delicious or gross flavors; something that made you laugh, angry, embarrassed, happy, or confused; imagined or real places you find interesting; fascinating facts you discover; intriguing photographs; conversations you’ve overheard; stories from books, films, or plays.
DID YOU KNOW? The character of Willy Wonka started as an idea in one of Roald Dahl’s Ideas Books about a man called Billy Bubbler. Find out more here.
In Roald Dahl’s Ideas Books, Billy didn’t only make sweets, he invented other things. This tiny idea became the book, film, and coming in Spring 2017, the Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Great ideas can come from anywhere and can start small. We’re looking for great, imaginative story ideas summarised in 100 words or fewer.
Welcome to Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge – starring Willy Wonka! Here, a 100-word story idea could win extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime prizes! Wonka – the world’s most famous confectionary tycoon – is embarking on a nationwide search for FIVE brilliant story ideas from children around the United States. Mr. Wonka will transform the winning story ideas into creations beyond anyone’s wildest dreams…
Watch the trailer above and find out more about the prizes here.
The Duchess of Cornwall is married to The Prince of Wales and supports him in carrying out his duties as Heir to the Throne of the United Kingdom.
A Message from Her Royal Highness:
"It was a huge pleasure to be Patron of the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations in 2016 and I’m now delighted to extend my support to Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge, which invites children from across the USA to share their most inventive and imaginative story ideas with Willy Wonka. I believe that stories really do have the power to change lives, so I hope yours will too!
Good luck to everyone and I hope you have a wonderful time dreaming up some truly “imaginormous” stories."
The Duchess of Cornwall is married to The Prince of Wales and supports him in carrying out his duties as Heir to the Throne of the United Kingdom. She also undertakes public engagements on behalf of over 90 charities that she supports as Patron or President. Her Royal Highness is an established literacy campaigner, championing the importance of literacy both in the UK and internationally, and is Patron of several literacy charities in the UK. The Duchess has visited numerous schools, where she often reads aloud to children, and has highlighted literacy projects aimed at improving reading skills amongst adults, in prisons, and schemes to get fathers reading to their children.
Her Royal Highness proved to be an absolutely gloriumptious Patron of the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations throughout 2016. Her involvement included visiting The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl experience at London’s Southbank Centre, where she also took to the stage to read a chapter from Matilda at the Imagine Festival. Later in the year, she visited Roald Dahl’s birthplace Cardiff - to meet the many organisations involved in transforming Cardiff into Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected - the biggest happening ever on the streets of Cardiff. The Duchess also contributed a Dream Jar to the BFG Dream Jar Trail which cropped up all over London to celebrate Roald Dahl 100 and the movie version of The BFG. At the close of the year, Her Royal Highness kindly invited children and nurses from Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to join her at her London home, Clarence House for the traditional decorating of the Christmas tree.
try using our Imaginormous tool ›
Read more from the amazing world of Roald Dahl...