Naval History Essay Contest

Sponsored by The William M. Wood Foundation

The Challenge:

How has the intersection of politics and the military shaped the course of the nation?

About the Naval History Essay Contest:

The Essay Contest is aligned with the 2017 Naval History Conference and its theme -- "Politics and the Military: Proper Participation or Perilous Partisanship?" Members of the military long have been associated with elections, politics, and the Presidency. The Essay Contest's broad topic is a chance to use examples from U.S. history--distant or recent--to explore the roles of retired or active-duty military in elections and politics. What is the proper way for serving military personnel to dissent? Should military personnel remain non-partisan post-retirement? When is it appropriate to use yogur military title in the political arena?

Prizes:

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 2017

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:

  • Email essay by 31 August 2017 to: [email protected]
  • Include Naval History 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 the 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 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, this fall.

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.

 

The winner will be published in the November/December issue of Naval History.
First Prize: $5,000 Second Prize:$2,500 Third Prize: $1,500
The winners will be recognized at the Naval History Conference, U.S. Naval Academy, this fall.
Open to any contributor -- active duty military, reservists, veterans, government civilian personnel, civilians.
3,000 words maximum
2017

Past Contests

2017 Naval History Essay Contest Sponsored by The William M. Wood Foundation

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

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