Illinois VFW News and Publications Contest


The Illinois VFW News – the official publication of the Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars – is published quarterly - September, December, March and June. It is mailed to the Illinois VFW membership, select members of the VFW Auxiliary, and distributed to the Veterans Administration facilities in Illinois. While we print 55,000 copies quarterly, one copy of a newspaper can be shared by as many as five people, meaning one issue of the Illinois VFW News has the potential of reaching more than 250,000 people throughout the organization. The Illinois VFW News is also uploaded on our website (


Articles, news, and other items for the Illinois VFW News can be submitted via e-mail. If you do not have access to a computer, you can also mail the information to the State of Illinois VFW Headquarters office, PO Box 13206, Springfield, IL 62791-3206.


If sending via U.S. mail, please include name and telephone number of the person submitting the item; type or print news item legibly; and send original photographs. Please no newspaper copies of photographs.   When possible, please identify all persons in the photograph. The deadline for submitting items will be the 10th of the Month preceding publication (August, November and February). Due to an early print date – the deadline for the June issue is May 1.


Each year, editors of Post and District newsletters are invited to enter one issue of their publication in the Illinois VFW Publications Contest. The National VFW Publication Contest Guidelines are used and all entries are placed in the correct publication categories prior to judging. First place winner(s) will receive a beautifully engraved plaque, and their entries forwarded to Kansas City for National Contest Judging. Awards will be given out at the State Convention in June 2021.


An independent panel will judge all entries in the Publication Contest.

All entries must include the following:

• Name of Newsletter

• Post or District number

• Editor’s name and contact information

• Frequency of publication

Entries must be received not later than February 28, 2021 and should be mailed to Illinois VFW State Headquarters, PO Box 13206, Springfield, IL 62791-3206