The Lutherans For Life Council of Federation Presidents sponsors an essay contest each year for students in two grade categories: 6-8 and 9-12.

This contest is available for students in all states who attend a Lutheran school or a Lutheran church.

State essay contests precede the national essay contest. State essay winners in the two grade categories will be entered into the national contest. Note: Individual state rules may vary slightly so be sure to access those rules through the state links and listings below.

Some states have LFL State Federations. If you are a student in a state without a federation, or in Wisconsin, you can participate through the Non-Federation Essay Contest.

We look forward to students across the nation participating in our contest and letting their voices be heard through their life-affirming essays!

Questions? Please contact Virginia Flo at

Lutherans For Life State Federation Essay contests:

State Federations – Find links to state essay contest rules through the state federation links and contact info found on this page.

Minnesota and Texas Essay Contests:

2023 Minnesota Essay Contest Rules-Rubric (updated 3-30-23)

2023 Texas Essay Contest Rules-Rubric

Non-Federation and Wisconsin Essay Contest:

Questions? Please contact Virginia Flo at