The Annual Onyko Braille Essay 2016 is taking place, with generous cash prizes and an opportunity to display your creativity and braille skills. The competition is open to braille users/transcribers/teachers. Themes are varied with life stories/poems or more traditional essays welcomed, see link below.

Entries should be emailed to the library before May 31st. Contact Patricia in the library for further details.

EBU Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest 2016 – Europe


1. Purpose and theme

1.1. The European braille essay contest run by the European Blind Union on behalf of Onkyo Corporation and the Braille Mainichi aims to promote the use of braille as a key to blind people’s access to information and to their social inclusion.

1.2. We propose a variety of themes 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.

– “The role of braille in furthering visually impaired people’s participation in political, economic, cultural, social and family life”. Braille in the age of technology, using braille at all ages, braille and voting, are but a few examples of how this theme may be addressed.

– “Life with braille – we encourage teachers, transcribers, those who use braille in any way or who would like to use it, to write about the role of braille”. We encourage factual description of potential innovation, products and ideas for promoting braille throughout Europe.

– “Amusing stories about Braille”
– “The future of Braille”
– “What advantages and disadvantages does Braille have over print”

When announcing the contest, EBU members may also suggest additional themes that are particularly relevant to their national context.

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.

2. General conditions

2.1. Participants

All braille users, including sighted users of braille, residing in an EBU country and Israel may take part in the contest, regardless of age.
Repeated participation of the same participant in consecutive years shall be allowed.
Professional writers, i.e. persons who regularly publish on the open media market for money, may not take part in the contest.

2.2. Essays

Essays shall be submitted in digital format.
Participants may not submit more than one essay.
Essays submitted in a given year may not be submitted to the following contests.
Essays shall be in English or in the author’s national language.
Essays in the national language shall not exceed 1000 words (plus or minus a 10% tolerance).
Essays shall carry the following mentions:
• Name, surname, gender and age of participant,
• Country,
• Name of the EBU national member processing the entry,
• Number of words in the national language.

Important: the above mentions should be inserted at the top of essays, before the title.
National members shall let EBU have the total number of essays submitted to them.
Decisions of the Jury shall be final and shall not be subject to any appeal whatsoever.”

2.3. Copyright

By taking part in the contest,
Authors shall assign automatically and exclusively to EBU worldwide all rights including copyright, and EBU may assign or license these rights.
Authors shall allow EBU to use their name and their essays in publicity as EBU may require.
As copyright holder, EBU may give permission to the authors and to their national members to make use of the essays as they see fit.
Onkyo winners shall provide EBU with their photographs and shall entitle EBU to reproduce, adapt, edit and publish their photographs on any media, including web and print.

3. Procedure

Participants shall submit their essays to the EBU national member in their country no later than 10 May 2016.
EBU national members shall organise some form of pre-selection so as to submit no more than 5 entries to the EBU jury by 20 June 2016. They shall inform EBU of the total number of essays they have received and processed.
EBU national members shall translate the selected essays in English and send them on to the EBU jury in electronic format (please use word, Arial 14), at
It will greatly help us if you name your files as follows: Country_Name_Surname of author.

4. Prizes

The best Otsuki prize (First Prize): 2,000 US dollars.

Excellent Works prize:
– Junior category (up to 25): 1,000 US dollars.
– Senior category (over 25): 1,000 US dollars.

Fine Works prizes:
– Junior category (2 prizes): 500 US dollars each.
– Senior category (2 prizes): 500 US dollars each.