Calling all 4th grade students!

Mark Your Calendar for the George Mason Essay Contest

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 will open January 9, 2023.  All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on February 10, 2023. 

This year’s question is:
While George Mason did a lot to help create the United States, he is not as famous as many other leaders during the American Revolution. Some people even call him a Forgotten Founder. Who is someone you admire that you wish more people knew about?

First Place Prize


PLUS an award ceremony at Gunston Hall’s Writing Workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2021.  This workshop is open to all 4th and 5th graders.


Essays should be a maximum of 500 words.  The rubric for evaluating essays is based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for Language Arts. 

Submissions 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. The contest closes February 10, 2023.

Essays can be submitted by email, google form, by mail (10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA  22079), or by FAX (703-550-9480).   

If you are submitting an essay via email, mail, or fax, please include this submission form.