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.