Essay Contests



“What is your American Dream?”

I am pleased to announce that the Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee has selected the theme, “What is your American Dream?” for the 2022-2023 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 Minneapolis, MN in July 2023. This contest gives students in four separate grade levels, grades 5-8, the opportunity to thoughtfully, evaluate and express their views on the selected annual theme.

Nationally, first-place, second-place and third-place authors in each division will receive monetary awards of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectfully. Awards may also be available at the state level (we will post that information as soon as it's available)!

 Essay Contest Application Form

Please use the application form here !!


Essays are due December 15, 2022 and the best submissions

will be 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 Anne Lawrence

( with any questions you might have.