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Contest is open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines and will be 11, 12 or 13 years of age on the 15th of November.

Only a Lions club can sponsor the contest. The contest may be sponsored in a local school or organised, sponsored youth group, or individuals may be sponsored as well. A Lioness club can sponsor the contest through its sponsoring Lions club.

Essays must be no longer than 500 words in length, submitted in English, type-written in black ink and double-spaced.

Each essay must be submitted with a completed entry form. Essays submitted without completed entry forms will be automatically disqualified.

Only one entry per student per year, and each entry must be the work of only one student.

Essay entries cannot have already been published.

Any essays found to be plagiarized will be automatically disqualified and the student will be prohibited from entering any future Lions competitions.

One grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000 (approx. 3,300). The winner will be notified by the 1st of February next year.

The postmark deadline for a club to send one winning essay to the District Governor is the 15th of November.

Note: A participating club should notify its District Governor in advance of sending an entry.

A club not belonging to a District must send its entry direct to the Public Relations Department at Lions Clubs International (to be postmarked by the 1st of December).

The postmark deadline for a District to send one winning essay to the Multiple District Council Chairperson is the 1st of December. A District not belonging to a Multiple District must send its entries direct to the Public Relations Department at Lions Clubs International (to be postmarked by the 1st of December).

The postmark deadline for a Multiple District to send one winning essay to the Public Relations Department at Lions Clubs International is the 15th of December.


Multiple Districts (and clubs not belonging to districts and districts not belonging to multiple districts) may send their essay entries and forms to: Essay Contest, Public Relations Department, Lions Clubs International, 300 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842. Entries and forms may also be sent to Lions Clubs International Headquarters by fax at 630-571-1685 or e-mail to (the words "Lions Essay Contest" must appear in the subject line of the e-mail).

 Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries. Entries sent with insufficient postage will be disqualified. Entries cannot be acknowledged nor returned; they become the property of Lions Clubs International upon receipt. Essays cannot be published without written permission from Lions Clubs International. However, sponsoring clubs, districts and multiple districts have permission to publish their sponsored essays.

In consideration for the opportunity to enter the Lions International Essay Contest, participants agree to allow Lions Clubs International to use their names, photographs and essays for promotional and publicity purposes. An international grand-prize winner is not eligible to receive subsequent prizes in future Lions International Essay Contests. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges and Lions Clubs International. Lions Clubs International may cancel the contest without notice at any time. The contest is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.