Optimist Clubs are encouraged to share the theme and contest rules with schools and teachers early, as school is getting started, in order to get the greatest participation. All contests must begin at the Optimist Club level.
More information about the new Optimist International Oratorical Contest where students may win up to $22,500 will be discussed at the PNW District Convention.
Also new this year for the Oratorical and Essay contests, students must be under the age of 18 as of
The Optimist International Essay Contest takes place between September and February. The official topic for 2015-16 is "Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction." Download the entry form.
The Optimist International Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing takes place between January and May. The official topic for 2016-16 is "How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others." Download the entry form.
Updated July 30, 2015.