[Nfbnet-members-list] Braille Essay Contest--Cash prizes

Dunnam, Jennifer jdunnam at nfb.org
Tue Aug 22 02:43:32 UTC 2017

There is still time to submit your essay!
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.
a) "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.
b) "Amusing stories about Braille."
c) "The future of Braille."
d) "What advantages and disadvantages does Braille have over print?"

for more information and an application.  The application is also 
attached here, in PDF and BRF format.

Please use the following contacts if you have questions:
in the US: Jennifer Dunnam at jdunnam at nfb.org
In Canada: Jen Goulden at <mailto:info at blc-lbc.ca>info at blc-lbc.ca

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