Calling all 4th grade students!

The George Mason Essay Contest is now open!

George Mason knew the power of sharing ideas through writing. Through documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the letters he sent to men like George Washington and Patrick Henry, Mason wrote out his ideas and helped shape the rights Americans have today. Now we want to hear your ideas.

The contest opens January 11, 2021, and closes February 26. 

This year’s question is: What do you think it takes to be a good leader? What makes you say that?

First Place Prize


PLUS an award ceremony at Gunston Hall’s virtual Writing Workshop on March 23, 2021. 



Essays should be a maximum of 500 words. 

They will be evaluated for:

  • Connection to the question
  • Clarity and organization
  • Grammar, punctuation, and spelling

Essays can be submitted by email, google form, by mail, or by fax.