2014 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Sponsored by the Mine Warfare Association (MINWARA)


History of the Contest

In 2012 the Mine Warfare Association leadership approached the U.S. Naval Institute with the idea of sponsoring an essay contest exploring the subject of mine warfare. The Institute was immediately interested in supporting such a program, and agreed to an inaugural essay contest in 2013, with the objective of making it an annual event going forward.

The Challenge:

To encourage an ongoing discussion concerning the strategic impact of mining, mine countermeasures operations, unmanned vehicle utilization in mine warfare, new technologies that could improve mining or mine countermeasures, and improved concepts of operations.


 First Prize: $1,000

 Second Prize: $500

 Third Prize: $250

 Note: All prizes include one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute

 Deadline: 1 May 2014

 Word Length: 3,000 words

 Note: Does not include footnotes

Prior Publication: We will assume that your essay has not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere, unless otherwise notified by you.  All previously published essays are ineligible.

 Submission Guidelines:

  • Email essays by 1 May 2014 to: essays@usni.org
  • Include Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Submission on subject line of email
  • Include word count on title page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within the essay
  • Provide separate attachment to include biography and complete contact information--i.e., work, home, and cell phone numbers; and home mailing address

Selection Process: A joint panel composed of experts from MINWARA and the Proceedings editorial staff shall judge essays and choose winners 

Announcement of the Winners: By email to winners no later than 1 June 2014 and online announcement. The first prize essay will be published in the August Proceedings.

Award Ceremony: Prize winners are recognized as part of USNI’s Recognition ceremony during the annual invitation-only Naval Institute Annual Meeting,  celebrating all those who have contributed to our Mission during the year. We will also invite representatives of the Mine Warfare Association to be present to assist in the award presentation.




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