Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest

Welcome to GAMS - Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR): American History Essay Contest Informational Page 



The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today's world. More than 1,000,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded over 125 years ago. They became members to honor their heritage as well as to make a difference in their communities across the country and the world. Learn more about the amazing history of the DAR and what members are doing today to continue that legacy.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization. DAR members are dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism in communities across the nation. All students are invited to participate and learn more about the educational programs that DAR offers. Educators, parents and students are encouraged to contact their local DAR chapters for more detailed information on these programs. 


This contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and learn about history in a new light. Each academic year, a unique essay topic is chosen and guidelines are made available.

  • The contest is open to all students in grades 5-8.

  • The contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools, and registered home-study programs.

  • Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness.

  • Additional rules and guidelines can be found by contacting your local DAR chapter.

  • A winner will be selected from each of the four grades to advance to the state level.

  • The state winner from each grade will advance to the divisional level.

  • The divisional winners will advance to the national level where the winners are announced.

  • All National winners will receive a certificate, medal and a monetary reward

For additional contest information or guidelines, please contact your local DAR chapter or visit DAR.org

2019-2020 Historical Essay 

"Mayflower's Voyage in 1620".

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony.

Deadline:  Thursday, December 19, 2019

Download the Contest Instructions

2019-2020 - Contest Guidelines - Mayflower's Voyage in 1620 (PDF Format).pdf
2019-2020 - Contest Guidelines - Mayflower's Voyage in 1620 (Text Accessible Format).txt

For Contest Guidelines and Registration Information, please see:

Mr. Mowery
8th Grade ELA Teacher