American History Essay Competition 2022/23

Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hold an essay contest for school children aged 10-18 with heats and prizes at local, state and national level. This year, the competition has been opened up to allow chapters of the DAR located outside of the USA to also participate.

The Walter Hines Page Chapter oversees the UK faction of the DAR and shall be coordinating entries from the United Kingdom. For additional contest information or guidelines, please contact

Years 6-9 Competition

Topic for 2022-2023
The Second Continental Congress met from May 10, 1775 – March 1, 1781 and included delegates from all thirteen colonies. This Congress was instrumental in shaping what was to become the United States of America. Imagine that you are a delegate during the 1775-1776 Second Continental Congress. Which colony are you from and what will be important for you to accomplish for your colony?

Title of Essay
Delegate to Second Continental Congress

Open to Year 6-9 (Grade 5-8)
Length 300-1,000 words (depending on grade level)

Deadline: January 6th 2023

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Years 10-13 Competition

Topic for 2022–2023
Select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773-1783).

Discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, who he or she was and his/her contribution to the founding of a new nation. Your figure may be any person, whether a well-known figure or an everyday man, woman or child who supported the American Revolution in ways large or small.

Open to Year 10-13 (Grades 9–12)
Length: Between 800 and 1,200 words

Deadline: January 6th 2023

For information contact:

Judging and Awards

Judging will be based on historical accuracy, bibliography/quality of references, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, neatness and evidence as student’s own

Judging at the chapter level will be conducted by three judges, including at least one non-DAR judge. Judging at other levels will be conducted by three judges, all of whom are non-DAR members.

CHAPTER: One essay is selected as the chapter winner and forwarded to the state American History chair for state competition. Patriots of the American Revolution essay contest chapter winner certificate and medal may be presented by the chapter if desired. In addition, chapters may present certificates of participation to every student who participates in the essay contest. These supplies are available from The DAR Store.

STATE: One essay is selected as the state winner and forwarded to the appropriate national division vice chair of American History for division competition. The state winner receives a medal and state winner certificate which are available from The DAR Store.

DIVISION: One essay is selected as the division winner and forwarded for national competition to the national vice chair. Division winners are presented a division winner certificate and a book.

NATIONAL: One essay is selected as the national winner. A certificate, pin and monetary award is presented to national first place winner at Continental Congress. The national second and third place winners receive a certificate and a check. Winning essays may appear in official DAR communications.

Who are the Daughters of the American Revolution?

The DAR is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world.

They are one of the many fantastic collaborators that support and work with Benjamin Franklin House to deliver exciting learning opportunities every year. The DAR support Benjamin Franklin House in delivering the Frankly Speaking Debate Competition and Franklin’s Young Scientists.

More than 1,000,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded over 125 years ago. They became members to honour their heritage as well as make a difference in their communities across the country and the world. For more than a century, the members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavours. These goals are as relevant in today’s society as they were when the organization was founded in 1890.

Most of DAR’s volunteer work is accomplished by the grassroots efforts of chapters on the local level which focus on the mission areas of DAR by encouraging members to become involved in these initiatives in their local communities.  The Walter Hines Page Chapter, based in London, was established in 1925 and now has 125 members and over 600 associate members. It forms part of the Units Overseas and is the oldest overseas chapter. The chapter supports a variety of education projects in the UK, as well as local history sites. Find out more here: