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Lions International Essay Contest 2019-2020

“Journey of Peace”

The Essay Contest like the Peace Poster Contest aim to promote importance of world peace and international understand as well as provide learning opportunities and encouragement for youth.

The Essay Contest is open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines.  Sight is a major focus of Lions Clubs International – in 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convent in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”.  Since then Lions have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

Participation encourages youth to think about, discuss and express individual views of the importance of world peace and international understanding and to draw on their knowledge, experience and personal views as well as consider the Contest Peace Theme to write a 500 words essay.   The Peace Theme for 2019-2020 is “Journey of Peace

1. Contest Peace Theme, Rules and Conditions
Lions Clubs worldwide sponsor schools and youth groups e.g. YMCA, Scouts, Guides and other organised youth groups for the Contest.  A Lioness Club may sponsor a Contest through its sponsoring Lions Club.  Members of a Leo Group may participate in the LIPP/EC through their school’s or community youth group’s participation in the Contest.

  • The Contest Peace Theme for 2019-2020 is “Journey of Peace”
  • The contest is open to students who have vision impairment according to their national guidelines and will be between 11 years to 13 years of age on 15th November 2019.
  • Essays must be no longer than 500 words in length, submitted in English, type-written in black ink and double-spaced
  • Only one entry per student per year and each entry must be the work of only one student
  • Each essay must be submitted with a completed entry form. Essays submitted without completed entry forms will be automatically disqualified.
  • Essay entries cannot have already been published
  • Any essays found to be plagiarized will be automatically disqualified and student prohibited from entering any further Lions competitions.


  • Participants accept all responsibility for late, loss, misdirected or illegible entries. Entries sent with insufficient postage will be disqualified. Lions Clubs International is not responsible for entries damaged destroyed or lost during the judging process.   International Entries – cannot be acknowledged or 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, District and Multiple District have permission to publish their sponsored essays.
  • In consideration for the opportunity to enter the 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 Peace Poster Contests sponsored by Lions Club International.  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.

2. Forwarding Winning Essay to next level of judging.
Essay must be submitted with a completed entry form.

3. Acknowledgement, Encouragement, Awards
The Lions International Peace Poster Contest is not only about the promotion of world peace and international understanding and increasing awareness and improved attitude towards others; the Contest is also about encouraging youth to perform at personal best, it acknowledges youths’ positive efforts and achievements and generates increase of self-esteem and confidence in youth so that they may meet further challenges.

Certificates, Prizes, Award Presentations:

The Lions International Peace Poster/Essay Kit has an Achievement Certificate for the Winner and a Certification of Appreciation which is to be presented by Lions Club to the school/youth group.   The Honourable Mention Certificate – update version of certificate has been placed on website for Clubs to downloaded.

Clubs and Districts may organise prizes for Winners and Honourable Mention achievers and organise a special award ceremony/presentation.  Clubs and Districts may wish to arrange with schools/youth groups to visit school/youth group for award presentation or alternatively, Clubs and Districts may wish to invite youth, families and school/youth group representatives to Club or District award presentation.

International Awards: 

Grand Essay Prize Winner receives $5,000 (or equivalent) and an award.

4. The Essay Contest Timeline and District Chairpersons Contact
The Essay Contest follows same Timeline as the Peace Poster Contest – please refer to Lions International Peace Poster website for further information.

5. Australia’s first entry in the Lions International Essay Contest
Australia’s first Essay Contest entry was by Aden age 12 Sponsored by the Lions Club of Corrimal, District N2.  Congratulations to Aden on his achievement, we are honoured to have Aden as our first National Essay Contest Winner.

Click here to read Aden’s essay

6. Past Lions International Essay Contest Grand Prize Winners

Essay Contest Guidelines
Essay Contest Rules and Entry Form

For further information,  TBA


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