2023-2024 Patriot's Pen

Each year more than 165,400 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 $1.4 million 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! 

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. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements and find the theme and entry form here.

2023-2024 Patriots Pen entry form Click here

Score sheet for judging can be found here
NOTE: PA has due dates different than those publicized by National VFW!
       October 31 - All student essays due to the Post
       November 21 - Post judging completed
       December 5 - District judging completed
       December 10 - Submit the one district winner, along with the written essay and           headshot, 
       District summary report and District participation report to Ben Lipschutz. 
       December 12 - Department judging completed
       January 22 - Awards Banquet at Mid-Winter Conference 

Pennsylvania VFW Patriot's Pen Chairman
Benjamin A. Lipschutz
VFW Post 882 (17)
402 Center Street
Enola, PA 17025