Patriot’s Pen Contest

Patriots penThis is the time of year that children get back to school. It is also the time the Post gets busy soliciting applications for the Patriot’s Pen writing competition. Our local schools are loaded with talented children who are waiting for the opportunity to compete for the recognition and the cash that comes from good writing. Last year the Post had numerous contestants from local schools. We want to expand this year’s effort. The following identifies the program and methods for obtaining an application. Please accept this notice as an incentive to get all grade school children to submit a written composition for this year’s competition. It’s easy and fun for the student.   Here are the details.

The 2013 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students


The Patriot’s Pen Scholarship Essay Writing Contest is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study program in the United States and its territories.


Students should first ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then the student should contact their local or closest participating VFW Post and establish a contact person who is a current member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

  • Find a post near you HERE..
  • Next, start drafting your essay.  When writing, consider and develop content around the annual theme. The 2013-2014 theme is: What Patriotism Means to Me. Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words.
  • Submit your completed essay to the Post in your area, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than November 1st.  That post will notify you by November 15th if you have been selected as their winning entry.  Winning entries at the Post level will be forwarded to the District level competition.  District winning entries advance to the Department or State level, and winning Department entries are then entered in the National Competition.
  • Access Entry Form HERE


Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.

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