2019-2020 Patriot's Pen Essay Contest is now complete! Please check the NEWS & EVENTS-->NEWS to see the winners! Watch for the 2020-2021 Theme info coming @ March!

VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism.


Each year more than 131,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest.


The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.


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.


Daniel Rodriguez, a sixth-grade student from Nogales, Ariz., 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, Ariz.


2018-2019 National PP Winner 

 View Daniel's winning presentation here CLICK HERE


This year's Theme for 2019-2020 is:





Loudoun County Virginia students should first ask a teacher, parent, or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Next, it's time to start drafting your essay on the Patriot's Pen theme.


(For Students residing outside of Loudoun County Virginia, please click HERE to find a VFW

Post near you!)


Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words and must be submitted by mail to VFW Post 1177, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form.

Download the rules here CLICK HERE

Download the application here CLICK HERE




Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.


Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.


Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.


Loudoun County VFW Post 1177 will select a winner from Loudoun County to compete in this prestigious competition at the District level (NOVA) and winners will go on to compete at the State and National level.


For more information or any questions you may have, please contact the PP Team at contact1177@vfw1177.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ATTN: PP


Please mail the completed application (we'll fill-in the LOCAL POST INFO) and typed essay to:

VFW Post #1177
Attention: Patriot's Pen
401 Old Waterford Road 
Leesburg, VA 20176-2120

All submissions must be received before 31 October 2019