Specsavers of Athlone launch children’s short story competition

Specsavers Athlone has launched a children’s short story competition with January 4, 2021, being the closing date for entry.  Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Specsavers Athlone has launched a children’s short story competition with January 4, 2021, being the closing date for entry. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

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

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 and helps to kickstart Specsavers’ new Something to Smile About multi-channel campaign.

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

“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, 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,” Specsavers Athlone store director, Keith McCallion, said.

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.

Entry details can be found online at Specsavers.ie or interested participants can pick up a leaflet in the Specsavers Athlone Golden Island Shopping Centre store.

All entries should be posted to, Specsavers Short Story Competition, c/o WHPR, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2 or submit online atwww.specsavers.ie/irish-book-awards

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, January 4, 2021. Don’t hold back – let your imagination soar and give Ireland something to smile about!

 

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