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Essay Competition

The competition is closed

Judging Will Take Place at the Autumn Forum on the 19th November 

Please Send the Entries First Class. Thank you

Read previous winning essays on the Lions Clubs International website.

The theme for 2023-2024 is "Dare to Dream"

Lions clubs around the world are encouraged to sponsor students in the Lions International Essay Contest. The Essay Contest is for visually impaired young people. In this context visually impaired is more than simply needing glasses though an exact definition is hard to come by, a good guide would be the issue of limited vision being included in special educational needs provision. This contest was introduced in 2010-2011, here is a link for more information. The annual Peace Essay Contest encourages blind and visually impaired young people to express their thoughts of peace through the written word. 

This essay contest was created to offer an opportunity to encourage blind and visually impaired young people to express their feelings of peace. The theme of the 2023-2024 Lions International Essay Contest is "Dare to Dream". Students who are blind and visually impaired and who are 11, 12 or 13 on November 15th, are eligible to participate.

Work with your fellow Lions, local schools and area families to identify young people who are interested in participating and who could benefit from this program. One grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000 (£4,000).

Although some clubs may have schools in their area that specialise in visual impairment many of the potential entrants will be within main-stream schools. An approach to the LEA adviser may be a way to find eligible youngsters.

Contest Guidelines

Each essay must be submitted with a completed entry form. Essays must be no longer than 500 words in length, submitted in English, type-written in black ink and double-spaced. Complete rules and an entry form may be downloaded from the Lions Clubs International website. 

The grand prize winner will be notified on or before the 1st of June 2024.