Program Description

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 Washington, D.C. 

This essay contest encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

VFW Post 12002 is once again proud to support this Program and provide the following additional cash prizes at the Post level :

                    1st Place Winner  - $200.00        2nd Place Winner  -  $150.00        3rd Place Winner  -  $100.00

How to Apply

1.  Read the Rules and Eligibility Requirements

2.  Download and complete the 2019-20 Entry Form  

3.  If you have any questions, contact Post 12002's Patriot's Pen Program Chairman :

                  Roland Kort    770-356-8300

4.  Submit your Entry Form and typed Essay by Mail or eMail to the Program Chairman by midnight on October 31

This Year's Theme

The 2019-20 theme is   What Makes America Great


About the 2018-19 Winner

Daniel Rodriguez, a sixth-grade student from Nogales, Arizona, was named the 2018-19 Patriot's Pen first-place winner.  His essay on the theme "Why I Honor the American Flag" won him a $5,000 award.  Daniel was sponsored by VFW Post 2066 in Nogales.  Watch as Daniel delivered his winning essay.

See the complete list of 2019 National Winners.