Provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security.
A U.S. Naval Institute Program in Partnership with Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International
Leadership in the Sea Services: The Junior Officers' Perspective
The 2016 Leadership Essay Contest will focus on the roles of leadership and character in America's Sea Services.
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:
What does leadership look like to the led? What does it look like from below? From beside?
What qualities and characteristics define leadership for those who are themselves young leaders who aspire to command?
Can leadership be defined...or only recognized?
Can leadership be taught...or only learned?
How can leadership be nurtured?
What does character have to do with leadership?
What is the role of mentors?
What were the great naval leaders saying about leaders and leadership when they themselves were junior officers?
What other lessons can be drawn from naval history?
Why do so many people believe their experience as a naval officer changed their lives - whether they continued to serve on active duty or not?
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.
Include Leadership Essay Contest Submission on subject line of email
Include word count on title page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within essay
Provide separate attachment to include biography and complete contact information -- i.e., work, home, and cell phone numbers; and home mailing address
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 2016 Proceedings. All prize winners will receive one-year memberships 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.
First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize: $2,500
Third Prize: $1,500
The winners will be recognized at a future Naval Institute event.
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.
3,000 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).
2015 Leadership Essay Contest: A U.S. Naval Institute Program in Partnership with Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International
Lieutenant Commander Jason Shell, U.S. Navy
2014 Leadership Essay Contest sponsored by Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International
Ensign Jesse Burroughs, U.S. Navy
2013 Leadership Essay Contest sponsored by Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International