Contest entries must be submitted as PDF files attached to emails. The essay must have four parts: 1) title page, 2) essay pages, 3) bibliography or works cited, and 4) applicant's biography. The title page, bibliography, and applicant's biography must be listed on separate pages and no reference to the applicant's name or information can be part of the essay pages or bibliography. Please follow these rules exactly. Essays that do not conform to the rules may be immediately disqualified.
1) Title Page – The title page must include the following:
• Title of the Essay
• Applicant’s name, grade, address, phone number & email
• Applicant’s high school’s name, address & phone number
• Statement on how applicant learned about the contest (if from the Internet, include the URL of the website)
2) Essay Pages – The essay must:
• Minimum of 800 and a maximum of 1,200 words (excluding title page, footnotes, bibliography, page and biography)
• First page must include the title
• No applicant information is on the essay pages
• 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spaced
• Use 8 ½” by 11” paper with 1” margins on all sides
• Essay pages are numbered sequentially, starting with “1”
• No graphics, special covers or bindings are allowed
3) Bibliography pages – The bibliography must:
• Citations in the essay and references in the bibliography must be in accordance with a widely used, publicly available citation system (Examples include the Chicago Manual of Style, the MLA Manual of Style, & the MHRA Style Guide)
• The bibliography must specify the system used
• No applicant information is in the bibliography
• Minimum of 5 references, 3 of which must be published works (encyclopedias or internet sources are acceptable but not considered part of the 3 published works)
4) Biography page - The biography must:
• Limited to one page.
• Includes academic awards and achievements, school activities, community activities and plans for college.
Essays which meet the criteria above will be accepted and judged equally on the following criteria:
• Historical accuracy
• Clarity of thought
• Organization and proven topic
• Grammar and spelling
Awards at the chapter and state level may vary. Please contact the specific chairmen for more information. Awards at the national level are as follows:
$5,000; a medal and recognition certificate; up to $500 toward travel expenses and one-night hotel stay for the winner and a chaperone at the annual SAR Congress.
$2,500 and a recognition certificate
$1,000 and a recognition certificate
The winning essay of the national contest will be submitted for publication in the SAR Magazine. Participants in this contest agree that their essays may be published in the SAR Magazine and on the SAR or State Knight Essay Contest webpage. Winning essay participants, on all levels, may be required to supply a tax identification number in order to receive their award. By entering this contest, all participants agree that if their essay is chosen as one of the national winning essays, it will be the property of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). All participants further agree that the national winning essays may not be submitted to any other contest or used for any other purpose without the express permission of the national SAR Knight Essay Contest Chairman.
Applicants in the Knight Essay Contest agree that the interpretation of the rules and decisions of the National Chairman and its judges must govern without reservation and that decisions of the judges and/or the National Chairman are final and not subject to review.
Questions regarding specific rules may be directed to the national SAR Knight Essay Chairman:
Mr. James M. Lindley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org