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Knight Essay Contest Rules



  1. This contest is open to all students who are United States citizens or legal aliens.  Contestants shall be attending public, parochial, or private high schools (including accredited home schools).   Contestants shall be in the Freshman, sophomore, junior or senior grade of study during the contest year.  The contest is conducted in three phases:   local (Chapter), state (State Society) and National.   The contest must be entered through a Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution near the student's residence.   In some cases, the contest may be entered at the State level (if the State does not have chapters or the chapters are not participating). Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year. If the State does not participate, then the essay may be submitted to the At Large judge listed on our website. The first place National winner is prohibited from participating in following years' contests.

The local date varies by location, so please check the deadline dates with your local contact as listed on the Contacts page.  Click here for CONTEST CONTACTS to locate your local contact and to request your local deadline information.


All submissions must be in the hands of the Chapter Knight Essay Chairmen or, in the case where the State Society does not participate, the At Large Judge Dr. Robert E. Danneman (bd3133atembarqmail [dot] com) by December 31st.
All Chapters must have their winning essays in the hands of their State Chairmen by the end of January.
State Chairmen should have their winning essays e-mailed to the National Chairman by the end of February, if not before.
E-mail Submissions, for the sake of time are preferred. U.S. mail within the time constraints are acceptable.
The National Chairman will notify all submitters by early April whether their entry was among the finalists. The actual winner will be informed in order to be able to attend the Congress and read their essay at the Youth Luncheon. The winning essay will be published in the SAR Magazine.
  1. The contest is for an original researched and proven topic written in English.  The topic of the essay shall deal with:  an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States ConstitutionDuring the 2013-14 and 2014-15 contest years only, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, contestants may also choose a topic that relates to Magna Carta and its influence on the Revolution or one or more of the Founding Fathers.  Students must source at least five (5) references with the minimum of three being published book sources to allow for verification of sources if necessary.  References from Encyclopedias or Internet sites will be accepted, but are not considered as part of the three published book sources.   If there are no book sources (i.e. all are from encyclopedias or internet sources) the essay will be disqualified.
  2. The essay must have four parts: A) title page, B) essay pages, C) bibliography (works cited), and D) contestant's biography. The title page, bibliography and contestant's biography must be listed on separate pages and no reference to the contestant's name or information can be part of the Essay pages or Bibliog