Leadership in the Sea Services: The Junior Officers' Perspective
The contest will focus on leadership and character and their roles in America's naval service, from the Revolution forward.
About the Leadership Essay Contest
Leadership is a much discussed topic, hence this contest will address it from an unusual slant, first by confining itself to the views of junior officers, second by encouraging authors to answer questions along the following lines:
First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize: $2,500
Third Prize: $1,500
Note: All prizes include one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute
Deadline: 30 October 2015
Word Length: 3,000 words maximum
Note: Word count does not include footnotes/endnotes/sources.
Eligibility: Only junior officers, O-4 (LCDR/MAJOR) and below, from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard will be eligible to take part in the essay contest.
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 a special Essay Selection Committee of at least six members who will include two members of the Naval Institute's Editorial Board and four subject experts. 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: Prize winners will be announced in the December 2015 Proceedings.
Award Ceremony: The winners will be recognized at the Naval Institute's Defense Forum Washington in D.C.
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.