Dear George Washington Contest

The Dear George Washington Contest is an annual writing contest for Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School students in grades 2–5. The contest introduces them to the issues facing early Americans and encourages them to think critically about the founding of the nation.

Each student writes a letter (250–300 words) to President George Washington telling the President what to focus on during his first term. Students write as though they were present at George Washington’s inauguration on April 30, 1789, in New York City.

Prizes

  • First Place: $100 for the student and a copy of American History: An Introduction for the school
  • Second Place: $75 for the student and a copy of American History: An Introduction for the school
  • Third Place: $50 for the student and a copy of American History: An Introduction for the school
  • Fourth Place: $25 for the student and a copy of American History: An Introduction for the school
  • Honorable Mention (six students): US Constitution poster
  • The top entry from each school will also receive a special certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

Submission Requirements

The 2014–2015 Dear George Washington Contest is open. The deadline for submissions is March 27, 2015. Additional information, contest forms, a scoring rubric, and other important details on submissions can be found in the 2014–2015 Dear George Washington Guidelines packet (PDF).