The theme for 2019-2020 is: “What Makes America Great.

The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the October 31 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.


The deadline for submissions for the 2018-2019 program is October 31, 2018. Entry Forms will be available in March 2018

The theme for 2019-2020 is: “What Makes America Great.

Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then students can contact a local participating VFW Post and

established a contact person who is a member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

Next, it is time to start drafting considering the 2014-2015 theme, Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400
words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline (October 25th to local  post).


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

You can get the application for  2018-2019 here.