Each year more than 111,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the
VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more
than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first-place state winner
receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first-place
winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
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 theme for 2020-2021 is: What is Patriotism to Me.
The deadline for submitting to local posts has is October 30. Check back in March for next year's theme. You can take a look at the rules and eligibility here.