American Battle Monuments Foundation National Essay Contest

The Past is Prologue Essay Contest invites students ages 11-12, 13-15, and 16-18 to compete within their age group to write an essay about a specific battle closely identified with an American military cemetery or monument overseas managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

The American Battle Monuments Foundation (ABMF) is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and the official partner of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Contest Information

2023 Deadline to submit essays and prizes awarded

  • Submit your essay no later than midnight (MDT) on May 31, 2023.
  • Winners announced on October 2, 2023.