PATRIOTS PEN

  
The Patriot’s Pen essay contest encourages students in grades 6, 7, and 8 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. 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. 
 

Want to apply?  Read the rules and eligibility requirements, then download and complete the 2021-22 entry form. All student entries must be submitted to us by midnight, Oct. 31. Submission may be mailed to the address below or emailed to CMD@vfw152.org 

The 2021-22 theme is: 
How Can I Be a Good American?
 
About the 2020-2021 winner ...

Wyatt Perkins, a sixth-grade home school student from Mayville, North Dakota, was named the 2020-2021 Patriot's Pen first-place winner. His essay on the theme, "What is Patriotism to Me?" won him a $5,000 award. Wyatt was sponsored by VFW Post 4221 in Portland, North Dakota.

 
Attention Teachers! 

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2020-21. We thank all of America's teachers and youth leaders for the time, effort and commitment they invest in our young people each year. We have a number of ways in which to assist you in helping to ensure your students get a head start on their future.