Onkyo Braille Essay Contest

Sponsored by Onkyo Corporation and The Braille Mainichi

The submission deadline for this contest is August 28, 2017.

The Onkyo Braille essay contest is being administered by the National Federation of the Blind on behalf of the North America-Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union.

Essays must be written by contest participants, in English or their native language, in Braille, and must be completely original in nature. 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.

Essay topics: 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.

1. "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. 

2. "Amusing stories about Braille."

3. "The future of Braille."

4. "What advantages and disadvantages does Braille have over print."
All essays must be received by August 28, 2017.

Contest Rules and Application Forms

Essay Contest Application/Rules Form (Word Doc)

Essay Contest Application/Rules Form (PDF File)

Essay Contest Application/Rules Form (Braille-Ready Format, 25 lines x 40 cells)