Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille Creative Writing Contest for Canadians

Braille Notetaker

Show off your braille skills and win prizes with the CNIB Foundation’s annual braille creative writing contest. It’s open to all elementary and secondary school students in Canada who are blind or partially sighted.

Contest Rules 

  • Entries must be in braille, postmarked no later than May 31, 2019 and accompanied by a signed entry form.  
  • Computer braille is accepted, but all braille contractions must represent the work of the student, not braille translation software.
  • Use the braille you know. Entries may be in uncontracted, partially contracted or fully contracted braille. If an entry is in partially contracted braille, the student must also send a teacher's letter explaining which contractions have been taught to date. The letter may also explain any special circumstances.
  • Braille accuracy and creativity will be given equal weighting during judging.
  • The awarding of prizes is at the discretion of the judges. All decisions are final.
  • The CNIB Foundation may publish the stories and poems submitted by the award winners of each category.



Up to $2,350 is available to be won! 



  • Story/Essay
  • Poetry

Event Date: 

May 31, 2019