Irish Book Awards 2016

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Specsavers children’s competition 2016

We’re looking for out of this world stories...


How to enter

All you have to do is write a short story based on the themes hinted at through this cartoon. Please follow these instructions:

  • Make sure that your story is no longer than 500 words (250 words are enough if you are under 12 years-old)
  • Give your story a title
  • The story should not be an account of any real life events; include personal details of any living individual; or your own personal details.
  • 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.
  • All stories should be submitted in English.

Groups of school entries are also welcomed.

The closing date for the competition is Sunday 11 December 2016. Good luck!


The two winning entrants (one aged under 12 years and one aged 12-16 years) will be given all of the books shortlisted for the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year Award 2016. Their school libraries will also receive a donation of some of the best Irish books from the past year and €1,000 for their school.

This competition has now closed.

Competition terms and conditions

The prizes: There are two prizes available, each consisting of all the books shortlisted for the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year Award 2016 (a category of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016), plus €1,000 payable to the winner’s school. The competition is open to entrants up to the age of 16 and there is one prize available for each of the two categories; Junior (under 12 years-old) and Senior (12-16 years-old on the closing date). Each entrant must be a resident of Ireland. The competition is not open to the families of employees of the Specsavers Group or anyone professionally associated with the competition. Please obtain your parent, guardian, or teacher’s consent to enter. Specsavers does not accept any responsibility for late, lost, or ineligible entries. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt. Only one competition entry per person. All entries must be received by Sunday 11 December 2016. Winners and / or their parent or guardian will be contacted by telephone. Specsavers reserves the right to reallocate either prize if the winner cannot be contacted after at least three attempts to do so. No purchase required. Winners’ names can be obtained upon request in writing from WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2. Entrants must be willing to take part in all competition publicity and agree to have their story published. In consideration of providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license 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 and additional platforms owned or utilised by Specsavers. Entries will not be returned. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges whose decisions will be final and there will be no correspondence. The story that the judges consider to be the most creative and well-written story will win. Prizes are non- transferable, cannot be exchanged, and no cash alternative will be offered. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to abide by them upon entering the competition. This competition is promoted by Specsavers Optical Group Limited, La Villiaze, St Andrew’s, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY6 8YP. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

Personal data obtained in the process of the competition will be used for the purposes of administering the competition and will be held by the Specsavers group either manually or electronically. The information will be restricted to authorised users only and treated in the strictest confidence. Specsavers will provide the personal data of the winners to Irish Book Awards Limited. All winners’ names will be available on request and publicised by Specsavers.

Specsavers Group cannot accept responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with the server, internet access or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost, not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.