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The Alexandria Library and the For Love of Country Foundation present the Annual Essay and Poetry contest

Alexandria, VA – Rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders – enter “For Love of Country: In My Own Words,” an essay and poetry contest, and win up to $100!

Just create an essay or poem on the topic: Who has influenced your life, and why?


Alexandria Library will distribute multiple awards in each of the following categories:

  • $100 Gold
  • $50 Silver
  • $25 Bronze
  • Certificates of Merit


  1. All students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade, as of September 2019 are eligible for the contest.
  2. All work submitted must be original work.
  3. One entry per student is permitted (one essay or one poem).
  4. Essay will be judged on: originality and creativity, persuasiveness, clarity, coherence and organization, grammar and spelling.
  5. Poetry will be judged on: originality and creativity, relevance to contest topic, clarity and coherence, spelling
  6. Submit one copy of your work online using the form below by September 7, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  7. Essay/poem must be accompanied with a completed cover sheet.
  8. The winners will be notified by October; prizes will be awarded during the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October  at Beatley Central Library.
  9. Essays/poems will not be returned.

For more information or to submit your online entry, go to:


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