If you are an aspiring writer, a talented storyteller, or simply have a flourishing imagination, then Specsavers and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 have a competition for you!

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

As part of the ninth annual Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Specsavers is celebrating its sponsorship of the Irish Children's Book of the Year Category (Snr & Jnr) by launching a nationwide children’s writing competition to put your imagination to the test.

‘I told you I’d sneak you aboard.’

Taking inspiration from a cartoon version of a typical Should’ve gone to Specsavers moment, children from across the country are being challenged to create a short story in 500 words or less beginning with the sentence; ‘I told you I’d sneak you aboard.’ The cartoon features a young astronaut ready for his mission to outer space, holding a goldfish bowl where his space helmet should be, having confused the two due their similar shape and size. He doesn’t waste the opportunity however and instead uses it to sneak his pet goldfish on board!

Judi Curtin

This year Specsavers is teaming up with children’s author Judi Curtain to judge the competition. Originally from Cork and now living in Co. Limerick, Judi is the best-selling author of the Alice and Megan series as well as the smash-hit Eva series.

Creativity and imagination 

Be sure to use as much creativity and imagination as possible. Remember to give your short story a title, staple it to the application form and detail your name, address, age and a contact number for you and your guardian. The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 9 November.


As part of the overall prize, finalists will have the opportunity to meet and greet stars of the Irish Book Awards on the red carpet and spend the night in a top Dublin hotel with their families. They will also receive all shortlisted titles in the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year category from this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, taking place on 26 November and their school library will also receive a donation of some of the best Irish books from the last year, not to mention €2,500 for the school library also! 

The competition is open to all children and teenagers up to 16 years of age.

All entries should be posted to: SPECSAVERS SHORT STORY COMPETITION. c/o WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2 or submit online here.  

You can pick up your application form in any of the 47 Specsavers stores throughout Ireland or by downloading the cartoon and application form here. Good Luck!

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