Bristol County, RI 1860

Essay Contest

Each year, the Elks undertake a national essay contest geared towards students in 5th through 8th grades to promote patriotism among young people. The submitted essays are blind scored by local Lodge members with top vote-getters being elevated to a regional and then national jury.

Important Dates

  • The deadline for essays to be received is December 15, 2011
  • Winners will be announced at the Grand Lodge Session in Atlanta, GA, July 3–6, 2022


  • Eligible participants must be Students enrolled in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade at the time of the contest.
  • Essay length is not to exceed 300 words.
  • Essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Also, Essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant.
  • Essay must be submitted for judging to the Elks Lodge nearest to the address of the entrant.
  • Participant must be identified by name, grade, school attending and sponsoring Elks Lodge on the Essay.


Plaques awarded by the Grand Lodge for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place for national winning essays in Division I (7th and 8th grade) and Division II (5th and 6th grade). Plaques will be sent to the respective State Associations for presentation to the winning Local Lodges.

Application Packet

All applications must include the cover page to identify the student and local Elks Lodge it is submitted to. Essay should be submitted to your nearest local Elks Lodge on/before December 15, 2021. To download an application and confirm this year’s essay theme, please visit: