Spectacular little story tellers, Caoimhe Barrett (7) and Louis Chambers (6) were on hand to help Specsavers launch its nationwide children’s writing competition, as part of the 11th annual Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

Short story comeptition  

To celebrate its continued sponsorship of the Junior and Senior Irish Children's Book of the Year categories, Specsavers is running a nationwide children’s short story writing competition.

Create a short story

Inspired by a cartoon drawing of a young boy and his dog who discover an aliens glasses out in the wilderness, children across the country are being asked to create a short story, no longer than 500 words, beginning with the sentence; ‘I found an alien’s glasses...’

Creativity and imagination 

The competition is open to children and teenagers up to 16 years of age. The winner of each category will win €1,000 for their school library along with all of the shortlisted children’s titles for 2016 and will also win the shortlisted children’s titles for themselves. Be sure to use as much creativity and imagination as possible and 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.   

All entries should be posted to:


c/o WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2

or submit online at www.specsavers.ie/irish-book-awards

You can pick up your application form in any of the 51 Specsavers stores throughout Ireland or by downloading the cartoon and application form at www.bgeirishbookawards.ie

Don’t hold back – let your imagination soar! The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 11 December.  

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