Now Open: Fifth Grade Essay Contest

There’s almost too much to love about this time of year. Holidays, parties, family, and friends. For American Mothers, we get an extra treat on top of the usual seasonal joys: From now through February 20, we have the privilege to read dozens of expressions of gratitude from fifth graders to their mothers.

That’s right - ‘tis the season for our annual fifth grade essay contest. As always, we’re looking for entries from fifth graders (or the educational equivalent) on the topic of “What My Mother Means to Me.

Click here for the rules and an entry form.

Why is this important? Fifth grade is an important time for children as they mature, and we find that this contest helps many of them realize (and remember) just how much their mothers mean them. The results are guaranteed to warm your heart!

It’s pretty simple. The kids handwrite 150 words about their moms and turn the essays into their teacher by February 10. Teachers will then need to turn the essays over to their local American Mothers chapter by February 20.

A winner will be selected from each state, and then we’ll announce a national winner in April. Monetary prizes will be given to the top three essays nationally!

Looking for inspiration for your kiddo? Check out the winners from 2013 and 2012!

If you’re a parent who thinks this is a great idea for your fifth grader’s classroom, send an email to and we’ll help facilitate it in your school.

Check out our official release here.

Thanks to all the mothers out there who make this and other great American Mothers events possible!