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
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. Want to apply? Download the entry form and brochure before submitting your entry to your local VFW Post.