A nationwide short story competition is being launched by Specsavers, to encourage children to get creative and give people Something to Smile About through their storytelling.


An Post Irish Book Awards 2020

The writing competition celebrates Specsavers’ sponsorship of the Junior and Senior Irish Children's Book of the Year categories at this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards 2020. It also helps to kick-start Specsavers’ new Something to Smile About multi-channel campaign.

Inspired by a cartoon drawing of a magical mystic, children across the country are being asked to create a short story, no longer than 500 words, beginning with the sentence; ‘Looking into the crystal ball gave the fortune teller something to smile about...’

Specsavers Ireland Chairperson, Kerril Hickey

Specsavers Ireland Chairperson Kerril Hickey, says: ‘In a year that has been so difficult and seen so much change, we are delighted to continue in our sponsorship of the children’s categories at the An Post Irish Book Awards this year and host our annual short story competition. Not only is it a great opportunity for budding authors across Ireland to showcase their writing talents, but we also hope it to be some fun for participants, giving them something to smile about - that’s what we are all about at Specsavers.

‘Children have the most wonderfully creative imaginations, so we are very excited to see what magical tales they conjure up.’

Age Limit & Awards

The competition is open to children and teenagers up to 16 years of age. With 10 shortlisted finalists across Ireland, the winner of each category will win €500 for their school library along with all of the shortlisted children’s titles for themselves. The eight remaining shortlisted winners will also win a hamper of books.


How to Enter

Entry details can be found online at Specsavers.ie or pick up a leaflet in your local store. All entries should be posted to, Specsavers Short Story Competition,
c/o WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin
2 or submit online at www.specsavers.ie/irish-book-awards.The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 4 January 2021.  Don’t hold back – let your imagination soar and give Ireland something to smile about!

This year, the An Post Irish Book Awards will be going virtual with an awards ceremony online from 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 November, hosted by Evelyn O’Rourke. You can tune into at rte.ie/culture and see who the lucky winners are of Specsavers' Junior and Senior Irish Children's Book of the Year categories.

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