Enlisted Prize Essay Contest

Sponsored by Textron Systems

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.

Note: This contest will run twice annually -- total prizes of $12,000 per year.

Deadline: 31 March 2017

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 the Winners: The first prize winner will be published in the June Proceedings. All prize winners will receive one-year memberships in the U.S. Naval Institute.

Sponsor: The Naval Institute's Enlisted Prize Essay Contest is made possible by a three-year grant from Textron Systems, whose businesses include Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, Unmanned Systems, Weapon & Sensor Systems, and TRU Simulation & Training.

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 2017 Proceedings.
First Prize: $3,000 Second Prize: $2,000 Third Prize: $1,000
All prize winners will be recognized at Defense Forum Washington 2017.
Open to enlisted personnel—active duty, reserve and retired--from any nation's sea services.
1,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).

Past Contests

2016 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest Sponsored with Textron Systems

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

2015 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest sponsored by Textron Systems

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


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