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Patriots Pen Essay Contest

2018-19 Theme
"Why I Honor the American Flag"
Deadline to Local Posts: OCTOBER 31, 2018

What is it?
Conducted nationwide, this VFW sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds.

Who is eligible?
6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students enrolled in public, private or parochial schools in the U.S., its territories or its possessions. Home-schooled students also are eligible.  Dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools can participate too. (Foreign exchange students and former winners that placed in the National finals are excluded from the contest.)

What are the prizes?
There are prizes at the Local, District and State levels of the competition.  The State winner is then forwarded to the National level of the competition.  The top 45 national winners all receive at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is currently a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.


2017-18 State Winners

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2018-2019 National Winners


2018-19 Application
All entries must be sponsored by a local VFW Post