2016 Naval History Essay Contest Sponsored by The William M. Wood Foundation

The Challenge:

Identify individual women and their contributions that have made it possible for the United States to build and maintain the world's finest military.

About the Naval History Essay Contest:

The Essay Contest is aligned with the 2016 Naval History Conference and its theme -- "The Athena Conference: Heroines Past, Present, and Future."     This is an historic period to take a broad look at women in the military and how it started; where they are and where they are going; the growing recognition of their capabilities; and the growing recognition of the contributions.


First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize:$2,500

Third Prize: $1,500 

Note: All prizes include a one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute and a one-year subscription to Naval History magazine.

Deadline: 31 July 2016

Word Length: 3,000 words maximum

Note: Word count does not include footnotes/endnotes/sources.

Eligibility: Open to any contributor -- active duty military, reservists, veterans, government civilian personnel, civilians.

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: The Periodicals 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 staff members and judges will not know the authors of the essays.

Announcement of Winners: The winner will be published in the November/December issue of Naval History.

Award Ceremony: The winners will be recognized at the Naval History Conference, U.S. Naval Academy, 8-9 September 2016.

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. 


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