Enter the Naval Institute’s General Prize Essay Contest
The Challenge: The General Prize Essay Contest invites you to "dare to write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense." Participate in this open annual essay contest to discuss the most compelling issues, ideas, and solutions. There is no restriction on topic. All essays are judged in the blind by the Naval Institute's Edditorial Board composed of serving Sea Service professionals.
Past Winners: Since 1879, the Naval Institute’s flagship essay contest has been the General Prize. Past winners include: CDR Alfred Thayer Mahan (1879); ENS W.I. Chambers (1884); LT E. L. Beach (1903); RADM Stephen B. Luce (1905); LT Ernest J. King (1909); LCDR J. K. Taussig (1916); LTJG Ernest Eller (1930); LCDR (later Senator) Sam Stratton (1952/1954); CAPT Wayne Hughes (1981); LCDR James Stavridis (1984); CAPT Linton Brooks (1987); Ron O’Rourke (1988); LT Niel Golightly (1990); LT Christopher Abel, USCG; Capt Jon Hoffman, USMC (1991); CDR James Winnefeld Jr. (1994); LT David Adams (1997); LT Thomas R. Williams (2000).
2015 Winners: LCDR Jared M. Wilhelm, USN; LCDR Brendan R. Stickles, USN; FLTCM (SW/AW) Paul A. Kingsbury, USN.
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.
Selection Process: The Proceedings staff members will evaluate every essay and screen the top essays to the Editorial Board for judging. All essays will be judged in the blind -- i.e., the Proceedings staff members and judges will not know the authors of the essays.
Announcement of the Winners: The winning essays will be announced and published in the April 2017 issue of Proceedings. All prize winners receive one-year memberships in the U.S. Naval Institute.
About Naval Institute Essay Contests
Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for well over one hundred years. They directly fulfill the Institute’s educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.