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Braille Essay Contest

The World Blind Union (WBU) in co-operation with The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), invites any individual to enter a Braille essay contest, on the topic "What Braille Means To Me." Essays should be written from a personal perspective and describe how Braille has affected or changed a life.

Ten winners will be chosen; each winner will receive $500 (Canadian) and the winning essays will be published in English, French and Spanish and distributed internationally. Published essays will become the property of the WBU.

Winners will be notified by mail. The decision of the judges is final. Submissions must be postmarked or received electronically by February 1, 2000.

Entry Rules

The contest is open to individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind or sighted.

There are no citizenship restrictions. Entries can be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

There is no entry fee. Entries may be written in print or Braille; electronic submissions are preferred. The essay should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length.

Each entry must include, on a separate sheet of paper, the individual's name, address and phone number. Essays should not include personal identification within the text.

Winning essays will be selected based on their ability to capture the judge's interest and how compelling, powerful and creative they are. Entries will be judged by an international panel. Submissions will not be returned.

Entries should be sent to:

The CNIB 1929 Bayview Ave. Toronto, ON M4G 3E8 Attention: James W. Sanders or by e-mail to:

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