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Essay Competition

The competition is OPEN

The winner for 2020-21 was Joseph Critchlow, 13 years old from Liverpool, sponsored by the City of Liverpool Lions Club. This is a first for a UK club. Read Joseph's essay and those of previous winners on the Lions Clubs International website.

The theme for 2022-2023 is "Lead with Compassion"

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 2022-2023 Lions International Essay Contest is "Lead with Compassion". 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 2022.