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American Freedom Essay Contest - Rules, Terms & Conditions

No purchase necessary. Contest is open to all students in grades 1-12 who go to school in the United States. Only one entry per student.

Students must write their own individual essays on "How a particular American freedom (i.e., freedom of speech, freedom to vote, freedom of assembly) makes people's lives better." Elementary School Students (grades 1-5) are required to write an essay of approximately 100 (one hundred) words. Middle School Students (grades 6-8) and High School Students (grades 9-12) are required to write an essay not to exceed 300 (three hundred) words.

Entries will be judged in Elementary School (grades 1-5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) categories with the winner in each category earning a free field trip with The Constitutional Walking Tour for his/her class.

Entries for grades 1-2 can either be typed or handwritten in neat legible writing, by an adult if necessary.

All entries can either be submitted online at www.TheConstitutional.com/essay or via the U.S. Mail to the address below:

American Freedom Essay Contest
c/o The Constitutional Walking Tour
P.O. Box 2066
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please note that entries submitted via U.S. Mail must include the contest entry form (pdf format). Handwritten entries from grades 1-2 must be submitted in hard copy via U.S. Mail to the address above.

Only one entry per student, although teachers are encouraged to enter multiple times for various students using our online submission tool.

Winning entries will be judged based on content and style including originality of thought, clarity of expression and analysis, as appropriate by school category. Judging will be conducted by The Constitutional Walking Tour and will be done so in its sole reasonable discretion, and all of its decisions are final.

The free field trip includes tickets for up to 45 people total (including students and chaperones) to go on The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia, but does not include transportation to/from Historic Philadelphia and admission into any of the sites along the 1.25 mile, 75 minute outdoor walking adventure. The free field trip also does not include any meals or snacks.

The free field trips must be scheduled in advance with The Constitutional in writing, and are based on availability. All field trips must be taken on or before April 12, 2024.

If the winning schools wish to add additional students or chaperones to attend The Constitutional Walking Tour, the cost for doing so is $13.00 per student and $19.00 per chaperone. These prices are current as of August 25, 2023, but the prices are subject to change without notice. No credit will be given for any unused portion of a free field trip.

All entries become the property of The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia and may be published either online and/or in print.

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia is not responsible for any lost, misdirected or delayed entries. Entries received by telephone, fax, courier or personal delivery will not be accepted.

The winners and all of the attendees on the free field trips are also subject to all of the Terms & Conditions posted online at,

To view the winning essay entries, please click here

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