NPS Foundation/U.S. Naval Institute Annual Essay Contest Award

The Purpose:

The NPS Foundation/U.S. Naval Institute Annual Essay Contest Award is jointly sponsored by the NPS Foundation and the U.S. Naval Institute to encourage writing for publication and critical thinking among students, faculty, and staff at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.  Essays should be based on thesis, research, or operational experience that best advances the military profession.

Eligibility: Open to U.S. Naval Postgraduate School students, faculty or staff members

  • For NPS students: The essays can be directly related to a thesis or recent operational experience.
  • For NPS faculty or staff members: The essays could address an issue of particular relevance to the military profession.

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:

Selection Process: Final selection of the winning essay will be made by the U.S. Naval Institute's Editorial Board.  All essays will be judged in the blind—i.e., the judges will not know the authors of the essays.

Announcement of the Winners: The winner will be published in the June issue of Proceedings and will receive a one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute. Some additional essays will be accepted for publication in Proceedings.

About Naval Institute Essay Contests

Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 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.

Winner published in June 2016 Proceedings.
The winner will be recognized at a future Naval Institute event.
Open to U.S. Naval Postgraduate School students, faculty or staff members.
3,000 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).

Past Contests

2016 NPS Foundation & U.S. Naval Institute Annual Essay Contest Award

Captain Christopher A. Bartos, U.S. Marine Corps


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