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 james.bowden@rnib.org.uk (if you have braille copies send them by post to Braille Essay Competition, Helena Suprun, RNIB, First Floor, Midgate House, Midgate, Peterborough, PE1 1TN).
  4. But hurry, the closing date for entries is 19th May 2017.

A British winner in 2016 

Last year the UK celebrated a winner in the competition. We were very excited and proud to discover that 24 year old Megan Paul from Cheltenham had won the junior category of the competition and received a bumper $1,000 in prize money.

Megan wrote her essay about how she learned and grew to love braille. Her essay, titled ‘The Bumpy Road’, also touched on how braille has changed with recent technological advancements. 


Creative writing is one of my passions and I think that braille is really important. I like to raise awareness of braille, as it’s such a vital part of my everyday life, so I thought I would try and put this across in an essay

Megan, 24

Megan's full essay is well worth a read and is available to download below:

The other European winning essays are of an excellent standard and are a fascinating insight into people's lives from countries such as Romania, Ukraine and Germany. They can be found on the EBU website.

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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