Essay Contests

General James Cox Chapter Sponsored Contests

All contestants are honored at our February meeting.

American History Essay Contest

2019-2020: Title: "The Voyage of the Mayflower"

Topic: 2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Imagine you are one of the passengers on the Mayflower. Knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would you have packed to prepare for the trip and starting a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on November 9, 1620, do you think you would have made different choices and why?

Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible.

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

2019-2020 Title: "A Sailor’s Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas"

Topic: Christopher Columbus’ first expedition set off in August of 1492. He and his men explored the Caribbean for 5 months after arriving there in October. Imagine you are a sailor who accompanied Christopher Columbus on this voyage and now have returned to Spain. Describe your impression of Christopher Columbus and perception of the purpose of the expedition. Talk about your experiences on the voyage, detailing the places and people that you encountered, and what you see as the significance of the discoveries made.

One chapter winning essay is submitted to state chairmen of American History; state winners are forwarded to the division vice chairmen for judging; division winners are forwarded to the National Vice Chairman for the Christopher Columbus Essay, who in turn forwards them to the National Italian American Foundation for judging. First, second, and third-place winners are selected. New forms will be available in the Forms section of the DAR Members' Web Site when the NIP is published. Effective 2009-2010, the word count for the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest has been increased from 750 words to a range of 800-1,200 words.

Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled.