2020-21 Optimist International Essay Contest

“Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

The Optimist Club of Calgary is again sponsoring the Optimist International Essay Contest in the 2020-21 school year. The contest is open to students who are under 19 years of age on October 1, 2020. Students must write a 700 to 800 word essay on the topic “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism” and submit it to the Optimist Club of Calgary by January 4, 2021.

The Optimist Club of Calgary will award cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 to the three best essays entered into the contest.  The best essay will be forwarded to a second contest in which the best essays from all the Optimist clubs in the Alberta Saskatchewan Montana and Northern Wyoming District are entered. The best essay from this group will earn a $2,500 post-secondary scholarship provided by the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation.

The Optimist Club of Calgary has been very pleased by the quality of the essays submitted in recent years. Four of the six first place essays from our club earned the $2,500 post-secondary scholarship.

The Optimist Club of Calgary invites interested students to enter. An entry form containing all rules and other information can be found by copying the following link into your browser and printing.

The Sponsoring Club name is Optimist Club of Calgary and its number is 13-025. Completed entries will be accepted by submission to

Entries are accepted on a first come, first entered basis to a maximum of 12 entrants. All entries will be acknowledged on receipt by the Optimist Club of Calgary. Students are asked not to start to write their essay until participation is confirmed.

Bob Steele is the Essay Contest Chair for the Optimist Club of Calgary. Students who want to enter or are considering entering and have any questions should contact him by email at