Enlisted Prize Essay Contest

Sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute

The Challenge:

Write on a topic that makes the naval profession stronger. No subject is too large or too small. For example:

  • Identify opportunities to better use enlisted professionals' talents.
  • Share leadership best practices.
  • Improve tactical doctrine.
  • Identify unfair rules or policies.
  • Provide insider information to Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.
  • Help first-tour ensigns and/or second lieutenants do their jobs more effectively.

Prior Publication: Your essay must be original , not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Email essay as a Microsoft Word attachment by 30 April 2019 to: [email protected]
  • Include Enlisted Prize Essay Contest in subject line of email
  • Include word count on title page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within the essay
  • Provide separate attachment to include biography and complete contact information—i.e., home mailing address and work, home, and cell phone numbers.

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.

Memberships: Some entrants will be awarded a one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute

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.

Winners will be published in a future issue of Proceedings.
First Prize: $3,000 Second Prize: $2,000 Third Prize: $1,000
All prize winners will be recognized at West 2020.
Open to enlisted personnel—active duty, reserve and retired--from any of the nation's sea services.
1,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).

Past Contests

2019 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute

2018 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute

Petty Officer Second Class Erica Rands-Howard, U.S. Coast Guard

2017 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Sponsored by Textron Systems

Mass Communications Chief Hendrick Simoes, U.S. Navy

2016 Spring Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Sponsored with Textron Systems

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Crystal Tao, U.S. Navy Reserve

2016 Fall Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Sponsored with Textron Systems

Sergeant Daniel M. Glisson, U.S. Marine Corps

2015 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest sponsored by Textron Systems

Sergeant Dion J. Edon Jr., U.S. Marine Corps


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