Braille Essay Contest

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The braille essay contest sponsored by Onkyo Corporation is for people of all ages, and contest winners receive cash prizes valued from $500 to $2,000. Essays may be written on a wide range of braille-related topics. Essays must be received by August 28. The link for full information and application for the contest is below, but here are the basics.  
Onkyo Braille Essay Contest
Sponsored by Onkyo Corporation
and The Braille Mainichi
The Onkyo Braille essay contest is being administered by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on behalf of the North America-Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union.
Essays must be received by August 28, 2017. They must be written by contest participants, in English or their native language, in Braille on paper, and must be completely original in nature. Participants are also asked to email their essays in electronic format (such as Microsoft Word or something similar).  Entries should be no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1,000 words in length.  There will be two groups of competitors-one Junior group, aged 25 and under; and one Senior group, aged 26 and up, and prizes range from $500-$2,000.
In the US, essays should be sent to the NFB, and in Canada, they should be sent to Braille Literacy Canada; the contacts are listed on the application at the link below.
Essay topics:

  1. We propose a variety of possible topics for essays so that participants can address the importance of braille from several angles. The list below is not exclusive; participants may choose other themes relating to the use of braille. Authors are invited to give all themes their own imaginative interpretation and to be creative, using formats different from telling one's life story, such as a letter, a poem, or an interview. 
  • The role of braille in furthering participation in political, economic, cultural, social and family life. Braille in a technology-driven world and using braille at all ages are some examples of how this theme may be addressed.
  • Amusing stories about Braille.
  • The future of Braille.
  • What advantages and disadvantages does Braille have over print?

Visit for more information and an application.  

Please use the following contacts if you have questions:
in the US: Jennifer Dunnam at

In Canada: Jen Goulden at