Dear George Washington Contest

After eight exciting years of the Dear George Washington Essay Contest, which has yielded creative and thoughtful responses from elementary school students across the country, the Gilder Lehrman Institute is pleased to announce a new contest for elementary school students for the 2019–2020 school year.

Elementary school students in fourth and fifth grade are encouraged to take part in a writing contest inspired by the work that most elementary school teachers do with students examining family, local, state, and US history. Our goal for this contest is to help expand students’ understanding of how their families, towns, and states connect with each other and with American history, while providing them with a critical opportunity to hone their analytical and creative writing skills through an essay, short story, or poem.

Sixth graders in elementary school (rather than middle school) who are studying US history are also eligible to participate.

In future years, we expect to add second and third grades to contest eligibility.

We will post additional information by November 22, 2019, and entries will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in November. To be considered for the 2019–2020 program year, entries must be received by March 30, 2020. Winners for 2019–2020 will be announced on April 21, 2020.


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