ONKYO braille essay contest is back

Onkyo Braille Essay Contest is back!

Download the Onkyo Essay entry pack

Time to get creative for the world’s biggest braille competition!

  • Whether you teach braille or transcribe it, use it in your everyday life or want to learn how to - we want to hear your unique story.
  • The Onkyo Essay Competition returns for another year in search of the world’s most talented writers. Tell us why braille is so important to you or the impact it’s had on someone you know and you could win anything from $500 to $2000. 

How to enter 

  1. To enter simply write a factual, fiction or poetry piece (no more than 1000 words) on a number of themes including ‘amusing stories about braille’ and ‘the future of braille’.
  2. Download the ONKYO essay entry pack which includes the full competition rules, plus an entry form which must be returned with your essay.
  3. Please email your completed essay and form to mandy.white@rnib.org.uk (if you have braille copies send them by post to Helena Suprun, RNIB, PO Box 173, Peterborough, PE2 6WS).
  4. But hurry, the closing date for entries is 10th May 2016.

Two British winners in 2015 

Last year the UK celebrated an unprecedented 2 winners in the competition. We were very excited and proud to discover that 15 year old Lewis Shaw from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway had won the junior category of the competition.  Even better Lyn Street from Newport, South Wales won the senior category as well. Both writers received a bumper $1,000 each in prize money.

Lewis tells a humorous tale of how his teachers inspired him to learn braille which now stands him in good stead for his future studies. He says ‘I personally use both braille and computer screen-readers. I use a lot of braille when cramming for exams as the physical touch seems to help the information or certain difficult words or formulae to sink in.’

Lyn’s essay takes a light hearted look at the advantages of using braille. She says ‘Braillists are the only people who can truly say we have information “at our fingertips”.  When used by others this is a metaphor, but for us it’s a fact – it’s the way we read!’

The full essays are well worth a read and are available to download below

Be inspired

You can read the essays of the other UK finalists below

What are you waiting for? Get writing and enter today. 

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