Optimist Club of

Norwich & District

Annual Essay Contest

*Awards are presented upon merit not chance - be sure to read and adhere to the Contest Rules outlined*

The Optimist Club of Norwich & District is excited to announce that the 2020-2021 Essay Contest is now open for entries!  The topic for this year is "Reaching your Dreams By Choosing Optimism", and is open to ALL students under age 19 (as of October 1, 2020) who have not yet graduated from secondary school, and reside in The Township of Norwich.   

Entries are required to be between 700 and 800 words in the format specified in the Contest RulesThe deadline for submissions to the Club is ​February 12, 2021.  Please see the Contest Rules and Application Form links for more information.

This local contest and its awards is sponsored by our Club ($300 total), and the Optimist International Foundations ($2500 at the District Level), and is designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own opinions regarding the world in which they live, and to developing skills for critical thinking and written expression

The Optimist Club of Norwich & District essay contest will award gift cards for CompuSave Computers Inc. Norwich in the values of:

  • $150 for first place 
  • $100 for second place
  • $50 for third place

In addition, the first place essay will be forwarded to the 
Midwestern Ontario Optimist District Contest where a
$2,500 Post Secondary Scholarship will be awarded to one essay
from all the District Club submissions (~75 on average).

*Awards are presented upon merit not chance - be sure to read and adhere to the Contest Rules outlined*

Copies of the Application Form and Contest Rules are available here: Application Form / Contest Rules

When submitting your essay you must include:

  1. Completed Entry Form (Contest Rules Form)
  2. Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport (proof of age)
  3. Copy of Essay

For submission or questions regarding the contest please contact the club via email at info@norwichoptimistevents.com.