Aspiring six-year-old authors and magicians Ciara Kelly (6) and Ronan McCann (6) helped launch Specsavers’ magical nationwide children’s writing competition.

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

As part of the tenth annual Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Specsavers is proud to once again be sponsoring the Irish Children's Book of the Year Category (Jnr & Snr). To celebrate the sponsorship, Specsavers is running a nationwide short story writing competition.  

Magic glasses

Inspired by a quirky cartoon depicting a young boy discovering a pair of magic glasses, children across the country are being asked to create a short story in 500 words or less, beginning with the sentence; ‘I found some magic glasses...’ Stories Speaking about the competition Specsavers Ireland Chairperson Sinead Clohessy commented, “Kids say and imagine the most magical things when they use their imaginations so we look forward to seeing what kind of wild and wonderful adventures they take us on in their stories with their magical specs.”  

Creativity and imagination

The competition is open to all children and teenagers up to 16 years of age. The winner of each category will have the chance to be the most popular kids in school by winning €1,000 for their school library along with all the shortlisted children’s titles for 2015 and will also win the shortlisted children’s titles for themselves. 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.

Application forms

Application forms are available from any of the 49 Specsavers stores throughout Ireland or by downloading the cartoon and application form at

All entries should be posted to: SPECSAVERS SHORT STORY COMPETITION. c/o WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2 or submit online at Don’t hold back – let your imagination soar! The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 08 November.

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