New short story competition launched for Ireland’s young people

by Rachel Darcy

A new nationwide short story competition has been launched this week, encouraging children in Dublin to get creative through storytelling.

The new competition, launched by Specsavers, celebrates their sponsorship of the Junior and Senior Irish Children’s Book of the Year categories at this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards 2020.

Inspired by a drawing of a magical mystic, children are 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’.

Kerril Hickey, chairman of Specsavers, said: “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 to showcase their writing talents, but we also hope it to be some fun for participants, giving them something to smile about.

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

The competition is open to children and teenagers up to 16 years of age. There will be 10 shortlisted finalists across Ireland, with the winner of each category winning €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.

Entry details can be found online at 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 can be submitted online at The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, January 4 2021. 

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