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.
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.
The 2020-21 theme is "What is Patriotism to Me"
Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements
PP Rules and Eligibility
PP District to Department Chairman Summary
PP District to Department Post Awards Report
PP Score Sheet
3401 Knipp Dr.Jefferson City, 65109
Contact Us via Email
Phone: 573-636-8761Fax: 573-636-2664
M: 8am - 5pmT: 8am - 5pmW:  8am - 5pmTh: 8am - 5pmF: 8am - 5pmHours are limited during the COVID-19 situation. Please bear with us.
Members Only Aux
Follow on Facebook
National Auxiliary Site