2015 Naval History Essay Contest Sponsored by The William M. Wood Foundation

The Challenge:

Marine Corps Actions Shaping History

About the Naval History Essay Contest:

The Essay Contest is aligned with the 2015 Naval History Conference and the conference’s focus. The Conference will examine historical U.S.Marine Corps actions that helped shape this Nation's hstory. The scope of the Essay Contest is quite broad -- any U.S. Marine Corps action can be addressed. The judges will be looking for quality research and a solid case made for how and why this action helped shape the Nation's history.


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 August 2015

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

Award Ceremony: The winners will be recognized at the Naval Institute's Naval History Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

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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