The topic for the 2015-16 Optimist Essay Contest is:
“Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”
The Optimist International Essay Contest was first sponsored in 1983. Club winners advance to the District contest. Essays must contain at least 700 words but no more than 800 words. The contest is open to students under age 18 as of 10/1/2015 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Students must enter in the District in which they reside. The District Winner is awarded a $2,500 scholarship, furnished by the Optimist International Foundation. All Club winning Essays are due to the District Chair by February 28, 2016. Individual Club deadlines vary, however, most Club deadlines are on or about January 31, 2016.
To enter the contest, please complete and submit the following application to the District Essay Contest Chair who will assign you to a Club Contest near your community.