Lions District 201V1-4

Victoria, Australia

Lions International Essay Contest theme for 2018-2019 “Kindness Matters”

This Essay Contest is for visually impaired young people

Why not approach schools now and ask if there are any students who can participate in this competition?

Lions clubs around the world are encouraged to sponsor students in the Lions International Essay Contest. The Essay Contest was created 9 years ago, and offers an opportunity to visually impaired young people to express their feelings of peace. The theme of the 2018- 2019 Lions International Essay Contest is “Kindness Matters” Students who are visually impaired and who are aged 11, 12 or 13 by November 15, are eligible to participate.

Work with your fellow Lions, local schools and families to identify young people who are interested in participating and who could benefit from this worthwhile project for young people.

One grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000 and go to Chicago to receive the award.

Essay 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. Essay contest rules and Entry Form are included in each Peace Poster Kit as well as the recognition certificates.

The contest is open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines and who will be 11, 12 or 13 years of age by November 15, 2018. One grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000.

For 2018 / 2019 the contest theme is “Kindness Matters”

  • Only a Lions Club can sponsor the contest. The contest may be sponsored in a local school(s) or youth group(s), or an individual can also be sponsored.
  • A Lioness club can sponsor the contest through its sponsoring Lions Club only.
  • 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 the completed Essay Contest Entry Form.
  • Essays submitted without the completed entry form 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.
  • October 7:   Deadline for a Lions Club to purchase a Peace Poster Kit from Club Supplies.
  • November 15:  Postmark deadline for a Lions Club to send one winning Essay to their District Governor. Note: A participating Lions Club should notify their District Governor in advance of sending an entry.
  • December 1:  Postmark deadline for a District Governor to send one winning Essay to the National Peace Poster Chairperson.
  • December 15:  Postmark deadline for the National Peace Poster Chairperson to send one winning Essay to the Public Relations Division at Lions Clubs International, which can be enclosed with the winning National Peace Poster or emailed directly to
  • February 1:   International grand prize winner will be notified on or before this date.

For further details of the contest, please contact:

District 201 V1-4   Lions International Peace Poster / Essay Contest Chair.