• The Paul R. Kach, 33°, Essay Competition awards $300 cash to each Regional Winner (2 winners from each of the 10 DeMolay Regions) and $1,200 cash for 2 International Winners .  For the 2 International Winners, their combined winnings are $1,500 cash.

  • Entries in this essay competition must answer, “ If you were to add an 8th Precept, what would it be and why?” While the content of the essay is of primary concern, proper grammar and spelling will also be factors in the judging.

  • Each entry must be an active DeMolay, not having reached his 21st birthday before or on the date of the competition deadline for submission, and must be in good standing with his Chapter.

  • The essay must be an original work by the entrant and must be 1000 to 1250 words. The absolute minimum or the maximum number of words must be observed.

  • Prizes will be awarded for first place entries in each DeMolay region for each category, solely at the discretion of the judging panel.

    Essays must be typed, 12 point font, double-spaced, with 1” margins on all sides.

    The author’s name, grade, address, phone number,DeMolay ID number, Jurisdiction and chapter name must be the only items on the cover page.

    No identifying information should appear on any other pages of the essay.


  • Only one essay will be accepted from each author. All essays must be received electronically via this link not later than March 1, 2020. Region Representatives will establish an impartial judging panel for the purpose of determining regional winners.  An international judging panel will be established through the DeMolay International Service & Leadership Center. At all levels of judging, the panelists will not know the name of the author or home jurisdiction.
  • Prize winners will be informed by mail and appropriate presentations of prize checks made. The Scottish Rite and DeMolay International reserve the right to publish winning essays in appropriate publications. All essays become the property of DeMolay International.


  • Previous winners will not be considered for another prize in the same age category.
  • Sponsored by The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, this is an official program of DeMolay International and acknowledges authority and yields allegiance to DeMolay International, of which Frank S. Land was Founder.



    Click here to download the requirments
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, txt, rtf, odt.
    The essay must be 1000-1500 words