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Writing Competition

January 11 @ 8:00 am - February 26 @ 5:00 pm

Calling all fourth grade students! This year’s writing competition is now open.

George Mason was one of the greatest leaders of his generation. What do you think it takes to be a good leader? What makes you say that?

Entries will be accepted between January 11 and February 26, 2021. The contest is open to all 4th grade students and classes. The winner receives $75 and an award ceremony during our Writer’s Workshop on March 23, 2021. The winner’s teacher receives a complimentary class field trip or outreach session.


The contest is open to students in 4th grade. Essays should be a maximum of 500 words.

The rubric for evaluating essays is based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for Language Arts. Essays will be evaluated for:

  • Connection to the question
  • Clarity and organization
  • Grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Judging is at the discretion of representatives of Gunston Hall, and will be blind and anonymous.

Submit your contact information here, or download an entry form to submit by mail, email, or fax. For any questions, contact Dylan McCartney, School and Youth Programs Coordinator, at dylan.mccartney@gunstonhall.org.

Are you interested in sharing information about this opportunity with others? Download the flyer here.


January 11 @ 8:00 am
February 26 @ 5:00 pm