The theme for the 2019-2020 contest is:

"Life does not rewind, choose life not drugs"


The contest is open to all 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students. Participants must write their essay themselves, but they may get help from teachers, parents, or friends in the form of ideas.

  • Length: No longer than 250 words.
  • Paper size: 8½ × 11 inch.
  • Text: Typed, computer generated text, hand written or hand printed.

Judging will be based on the following:

  • Closeness to the theme
  • Neatness
  • Originality
  • Correct grammatical structure

Each entry must have the following information on the back of the essay:

  • Student’s full name
  • School, location, grade
  • Elks lodge name
  • Must also be accompanied by Hold Harmless agreement

Due date: Please contact your local Elks Lodge or Elks State Association for more details.