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International Peace Essay Contest

Created to give an opportunity for visually impaired young people to express their feelings of peace, the International Essay Contest is a staple of Lions clubs around the world. Lions work with local schools and area families to identify young people who are interested in participating and who could benefit from this program. One grand prize winner will receives an award and US$5,000.

THE 2021-2022 CONTEST

We Are All Connected

While overcoming new challenges brought on by an unprecedented global pandemic, we’re celebrating the things that keep us connected—to each other, to our communities, all together around the world. This year, we invite young people with visual impairments to explore and express these connections.


Contest Guidelines 

Students who are visually impaired, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate. Each essay must be submitted with a completed entry form. Essays must be no longer than 500 words in length, submitted in English, typed in black ink and double-spaced.

Complete Rules and Entry Form


The 2020-2021 Essay Winner

“Peace Through Service”

Joshua Wood
13 years old

Sponsored by the Brisbane Camphill Carindale Lions Club


Past Winners

Take a look back at the winning essays and essay winners throughout the years.

  • 2019-2020 “Journey of Peace” by Joseph Critchlow age 13: Read the Essay | Watch the Video
    Sponsored by: City of Liverpool Lions Club, United Kingdom
  • 2016-2017 "A Celebration of Peace" by Charlie Bruskotter, age 12: Read the Essay
    Sponsored by: Delaware Lions Club, Ohio, USA
  • 2015-2016 "Share Peace" by Joel Greek, age 12: Read the Essay
    Sponsored by: Gordons Bay Lions Club, Republic of South Africa
  • 2014-2015 "Peace, Love and Understanding" by Jalen Ballard, age 12: Read the Essay
    Sponsored by: Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club, Ohio, USA
  • 2013-2014 "Our World, Our Future" by Ashish Karki, age 12: Read the Essay
    Sponsored by: Kathmandu Ramechhap Lions Club, Nepal
  • 2012-2013 "Imagine Peace" by Maura Loberg, age 11: Read the Essay
    Sponsored by: Wayne Lions Club, Wayne, Nebraska, USA
  • 2011-2012 "Children Know Peace" by Mikaela Smith, age 12: Read the Essay
    Sponsored by: Chesterton Lions Club, Indiana, USA
  • 2010-2011 "Power of Peace" by Amy Bosko, age 12: Read the Essay
    Sponsored by: Villa Park Lions Club, Illinois, USA