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Dublin’s Children’s Museum launches its 2017 hunt for nations best young story makers


Do you know a child, or class, with a passion for telling tall tales, writing beautifully creative stories or illustrating?

If so then Imaginosity, Dublin’s Children’s Museum, wants to hear from them as they launch this years hunt for Ireland’s best young story tellers.

Judge Peter Sheridan helps launch WTS 2017

The annual competition, ‘What’s the Story – A Big Competition for Little Story Makers’ celebrating 5 years of story making this year, is looking for creative young storywriters, budding poets and young illustrators between the age of 3 and 9 years, to create their very own original story using their inspired imaginations, to be in with a chance to win some great prizes.

Every year, Imaginosity are joined by a panel of celebrated Irish literary minds, who volunteer their time to help judge the competitions entries.

This year the expert judging panel presiding over the entries will include; Peter Sheridan (Playwright and Author), Maeve Ingoldsby (Playwright and Writer), Elaina Ryan (Director of Children’s Books Ireland), Conor Hackett (Publishers Agent), Maia Dunphy (Writer, Broadcaster & Blogger), Dave Moore (Today FM Presenter & Parenting Blogger), Sarah Webb (Children’s Author & Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Writer in Residence), Fatti Burke (Illustrator) and Sierra Bower (Imaginosity’s Programming & Outreach Manager).

Imaginosity What’s the Story 2017 judging panel

Imaginosity, Ireland’s only interactive children’s museum, is committed to introducing children to literature and celebrating the written word from a young age, supporting pre and primary school literacy.

The competitions aim is to encourage families, school classes and groups to come together to enjoy the experience of imaginative and creative story telling.

Imaginosity are looking for budding young authors, poets and illustrators to submit their entries in the form of a creative writing story (story, poem or script) or an illustration (painting, animation or drawing, with accompanying description). The sky is the creative limit!

Judging the competition for the past 5 years, Playwright and Author Peter Sheridan commented:

“Children love to draw, dress up and play… and most of all they love to explore the world around them.

“Telling stories and committing them to paper is an excellent way to do that.

“Encouraging and celebrating children’s creative expression at all levels is a great thing.

“Imaginosity’s ‘What’s the Story?’ competition is a public way of having that work recognised and treasured, which is why I’m delighted to have been involved since day one, and look forward to a 5th year reading more wonderful entries!”

Deirdre Mulry, CEO Imaginosity commented on the competition as it enters its 5th year successful year:

“At Imaginosity we are passionate about fostering a love for reading, writing and creative expression in children, which we hope will stay with them for life, and we are thrilled to have been in a position to do this for the past 5 years with our ‘What’s the Story?’ competition.

“This competition gives children, classes and groups a platform to celebrate their creativity and be in with a chance to win some GREAT prizes.

“Every year our museum team, joined by our expert panel of judges, are overwhelmed with the quality and creativity of the work received from children across the country, and we are sure that as we celebrate 5 years, this year will be no different!”

There are 4 categories in the competition, each offering the chance to win an array of wonderful prizes. Individual categories are split across ages:- ages 3-4, ages 5-6 and ages 7-9 alongside a schools category (group entries; Junior/Senior Infants and First/Second class).

The schools category is open to schools, pre –schools and groups across the country with classes being encouraged to work alongside their teacher to create a collaborative entry. The competition is open for entries NOW and closes on the 31st March 2017. Winners will be announced at the end of May.

Imaginosity is a not for profit organisation and a registered charity and would like to thank this year’s sponsors for their generosity in donating prizes for the competition; Halfords, Hamleys, Walker Books, Bartons Coaches, Recreate, Dubray Books and Airfield Estate (Dundrum).

Imaginosity will also be giving away family memberships in the individual category and school trips for those in the winning school category… so the joy of discovery, exploration and imagination will continue for those who win!

Children, parents and schools can find out more about the competition and download an entry pack by going to www.imaginosity.ie.