Each year, nearly 68,800 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. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and then submit your application to Hudson VF Post 2115 by midnight, Oct. 31Download and complete the 2022-2023 entry form here


Entries can be mailed to:

PO BOX 347

HUDSON, WI  54016

The 2022-23 theme is: 
"My Pledge to Our Veterans."