American History Essay Contest

Welcome to the American History Essay Contest 

The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light.

PARTICIPANTSAll students in grades 7 and 8 in public, private, and parochial schools, or those who are home schoolers, are eligible. No more than 12 essays per grade level. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex or national origin. DO NOT SUBMIT A STUDENT PHOTOGRAPH WITH ENTRY. 

  • Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and
  • contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters.
  • Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.
  • Participating chapters send one winning essay from each of the four grades for judging on the state level.
  • The state will send one winning essay from each of the four grades to be judged on a divisional level.
  • The winning essay from each of the four grades will then be judged on the national level and the winners are announced.

AWARDSOne essay at each grade level will be selected as the chapter winner and forwarded to the state American History Chairman for state competition. The chapter winner/s will receive: 

  • One hundred dollar ($100.00) check,
  • A bronze medal,
  • Three free tickets to a luncheon in his/her honor. 

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Contest Details and Instructions

Not available at this time.

For more information, contact

Mr. Richardson 
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Your Social Studies Teacher