Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the

VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. 

The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 

The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500,

with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. 

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history,

along with their own experiences in modern American society,

by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views

based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. 

 The 2019-2020 theme is  “What Makes America Great”

Read the Rules & eligibility here.

Download the Entry Form in March 2019 here.