Children’s Short Story Competition 2016
Promising young writer Shauna Murphy from Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil in Glanmire is the junior winner of the Specsavers Children’s Story Competition 2016, in conjunction with the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.
As part of the 11th annual Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Specsavers celebrated its sponsorship of the Irish Children's Book of the Year Category (Senior & Junior) by asking children across the country to put their imagination to the test and write a short story.
Eight-year-old Shauna’s winning entry, titled Alien Anger, depicts the story of a little girl who discovered very unusual glasses, wearing them as her own, only to find that the glasses belonged to an alien who stopped by her bedroom to collect them.
Speaking of this year’s competition, Specsavers Cork store director John Morrin said, ‘The standard of writing was incredibly high this year, with hundreds of budding writers across the country submitting their creative entries. Shauna was delighted to learn she had won. There is absolutely no doubt that Shauna is now in good company, as she joins a long list of award-winning Irish novelists who started their careers writing short stories.’
As part of the overall prize, Shauna received all shortlisted titles in the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year junior category from this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which will likely keep the enthusiastic reader and writer busy for weeks. Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil school library also received a donation of books as well as €1,000.