Specsavers, together with the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020, invites you to write a short story inspired by this picture. You could win all the shortlisted books entered in the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of
the Year Award 2020 and €500 for your school.
How to enter
All you have to do is write a short story based on the themes suggested by this cartoon. Please follow these instructions:
Make sure your story is no longer than 500 words; 250 words are enough if you are under 12 years old
Give your story a title
Write your story (preferably type it) on a sheet of A4 paper and staple it to this form
Send your entry to the competition address below
Groups of entries from schools are also very welcome. The closing date for the competition is Friday 4 January 2021. Good luck!
The two winning entrants will receive all of the of the books shortlisted for the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year Award 2020 and €500 for their school.
Entries can also be printed and posted to
Specsavers Short Story Competition,
6 Ely Place,
Competition terms and conditions:
1. This competition is promoted by Specsavers Optical Group Limited, La Villiaze, St Andrew’s, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY6 8YP (‘Specsavers’).
2. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. The competition is open to persons up to the age of 16, resident in the Republic of Ireland. The competition is not open to the families of employees of the Specsavers Group or anyone professionally associated with the competition. Entrants must have
the consent of their parent or guardian to enter the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.
4. The competition will commence on 16 November 2020 at 12:00 (the ‘Opening Date’) and will close on 4 January 2021 at 23:59 (the ‘Closing Date) (together the ‘Entry Period’). Entries not submitted within the Entry Period will not be eligible for consideration
in the competition.
5. No purchase is required to participate in the competition.
6. To enter the competition, entrants must, within the Entry Period, write a short story in accordance with the requirements set out on the Specsavers children’s story competition Entry Form (of which these terms and conditions form a part of), complete
the remaining information requested on the Entry Form and return the short story and the Entry Form to Specsavers by post to Specsavers short story competition, c/o WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2, or submit a completed
Entry Form online at specsavers.ie/irish-book-awards
7. Only one competition entry per person is permitted.
8. Specsavers does not accept any responsibility for any entry that is late, lost, delayed, corrupted or not received due to technical disruptions, network congestions or for any other reasons. Inappropriate, offensive, rand damaging or illegible entries
in the opinion of Specsavers shall not be accepted and shall be automatically disqualified. Proof of posting or proof of transmission is not proof of entry.
9. Entries will not be returned.
10. By entering the competition, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
11. By entering the competition, all entrants consent to their names being published on a list of winners and the being made available in accordance with clauses 22 and 23 of these terms and conditions, subject to the entrants, being under the age of
18, having the consent of their parent or guardian to have their name placed on a list of winners and made available in accordance with these terms and conditions.
12. There will be two (2) overall winners selected, one from each of the following two categories: Junior (under 12 years old on the Closing Date) and Senior (12-16 years old on the Closing Date).
13. These two (2) overall winners will each win the following prizes: all of the books shortlisted for the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year Award 2020, and €500 payable to each of the winner’s schools.
14. Furthermore, there will also be eight (8) runners up selected, four from each of the following two categories: Junior (under 12 years old on the Closing date) and Senior (12-16 years old on the Closing Date).
15. These eight (8) runners up will each win the following prize: all of the books shortlisted for the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year Award 2020
16. Prizes are non-transferable, cannot be exchanged and no alternative prizes will be offered. Specsavers reserves the right to alter or substitute any element of the prizes, whether available or not, with prizes of similar values if circumstances beyond
Specsavers’ control make it necessary to do so.
17. The two (2) winners and eight (8) runners up will be selected by a panel of three judges (from Specsavers, WHPR and the Irish Book Awards) whose decisions will be final and there will be no correspondence. The story that the judges consider to be
the most creative and wellwritten story will win.
18. The two (2) winners and eight (8) runners up will be selected by no later than 8 January 2021
Claiming the prizes:
19. The relevant parent or guardian of a winner (being under the age of 18) will be contacted as soon as practical after 8 January 2021 by telephone. A winner’s parent or guardian (seeing as the winner will be under the age of 18) will be contacted by
telephone to confirm that they consent to the winner entering the competition and agree to accept the prizes on the winner’s behalf, subject to these terms and conditions.
20. Specsavers reserves the right to reallocate either of the prizes if a winner’s parent or guardian (seeing as the winner will be under the age of 18) cannot be contacted after at least three attempts, or fails or refuses to agree to these relevant
21. Specsavers will not be responsible for any inability of a winner to take up the specified prizes.
22. Winners’ names can be obtained upon request in writing from WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
23. Winners may be required to take part in publicity associated with this competition which may include the publication of their name, age, country of residence, name of their school, photograph and details of their short story forming party of their
entry, in any publications and/or promotional material connected to the competition. In consideration of providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Specsavers to feature
any or all of the submitted stories and images taken of the winner in connection with the competition, in any publications and / or in any promotional material connected to the competition. This includes all online,
social media, print media and additional platforms owned or utilised by Specsavers.
24. The competition and these terms and conditions, and all issues arising out of the competition and these terms and conditions shall be governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and be subject to the exclusive
jurisdiction of the English Courts.
25. Your personal information will be collected, stored and processed for the purposes of administering this competition and the redemption of the prizes. It will be held by Specsavers. Specsavers may provide your personal information to the following
third-party providers in connection with the competition, for the purposes of administering the competition and the redemption of the prizes: WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
26. For full details on how your personal data is used please visit www.specsavers.co.uk/legal/privacy-statement.