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
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? Read the rules and eligibility requirements.
Post Level, District Level, and Department Level Awards Presented dependent upon Ranking.
The 2022 - 2023 Patriots Pen Theme is;
"How are you Inspired by America"
Deadline to Post 31 October, to District 15 November
2023 - 2024 Patriots Pen Entry Form
2023 - 2024 Patriots Pen Rules and Eligibility
PP Score Sheet
PP / VOD Chairman's Manual