PATRIOT'S PEN

Program Description

Each year more than 138,000 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- to 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 2020-2021 Entry Form  

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

                  Roland Kort    rkort@bellsouth.net    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 2020-2021 theme is   What is Patriotism to Me ?

About the 2019-2020 Winner

Ruby Howe, a seventh grade student from Rochester Hills, Michigan, was named the 2019-20 Patriot's Pen first place winner. Her essay on the theme, "What Makes America Great," won her a $5,000 award. Ruby was sponsored by VFW Post 334 in Lake Orion, Michigan.

Watch as Ruby delivered her winning essay at the VFW's 2020 Legislative Conference

See the complete list of 2019-2020 National Winners