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
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.