Essay Contests



“What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me?”

I am pleased to announce that Members of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee have selected the theme, “What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me” for the 2019-2020 Grand Lodge Americanism Essay Contest. The contest starts with the Local Lodges, progresses through District and State levels, and ends with the naming of our National Winners at the Grand Lodge Session in Baltimore, Maryland in July 2020. This very important Patriotic Contest gives school children in grades 5-8 the opportunity to express views on their pride in America. 

Nationally, first-place, second-place and third-place winners in each division will receive bronze plaques. Many Lodges, Districts and State Associations also may offer different types of awards to their winners.

 Essay Contest Application Form

Please use the application form here !!


Essays were due December 15, 2019 and the best submissions

are being forwarded on to State for further competition.

Essays must be submitted with the coversheet and application form (file included above) - no exceptions.

Please see below for additional information and requirements.

 1. Eligible participants must be Students enrolled in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade at the time of the contest. 

2. Essay length is not to exceed 300 words. 

3. Essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Also, Essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant. 

4. Essay must be submitted for judging to the Elks Lodge nearest to the address of the entrant. 

5. Participant must be identified by name, grade, school attending and sponsoring Elks Lodge on the Essay. 

Please contact the Essay Contest Chair Heather L. Beal ( with any questions you might have.