Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest

Sponsored with the Mine Warfare Association

History of the Contest:

In 2012 the Mine Warfare Association leadership approached the U.S. Naval Institute with the idea of sponsoring an essay contest exploring the subject of mine warfare. The Institute was immediately interested in supporting such a program, and agreed to an inaugural essay contest in 2013, with the objective of making it an annual event going forward.

The Challenge:

Address the strategic, operational, and tactical demands for 21st-Century Navy mine warfare, mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, mining technologies, systems, and platforms.  Examine the promise of autonomous and unmanned vehicles.  Consider the difficulties of delivering capable and affordable solutions to the fleet.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all persons eligible for membership (including those already members) in the Naval Institute.

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 to [email protected] with Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest in subject line of the 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., home mailing address; and work, home, and cell phone numbers.
  • Deadline: 31 March 2018.

Selection Process: A joint panel composed of experts from the Mine Warfare Association and the Proceedings editorial staff shall judge essays and choose winners.  All essays will be judged in the blind -- i.e., the Proceedings staff members and Mine Warfare Association judges will not know the authors of the essays.

Announcement of the Winners: Winners will be announced in the May 2018 Proceedings.  Some additional essays will be accepted for publication in Proceedings.

Memberships: Some entrants will be awarded a one-year membership in the 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.

 

The winners will be announced in the May 2018 Proceedings.
First Prize: $1,500 Second Prize: $750 Third Prize: $500
The winners will be recognized at the Mine Warfare Symposium.
The contest is open to all persons eligible for membership (including those already members) in the Naval Institute.
2,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).
2018

Past Contests

2018 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Sponsored with the Mine Warfare Association

Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired), and Captain Syed Ahmad, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Retired)

2017 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Sponsored with the Mine Warfare Association

Scott Savitz, Ph.D.

2015 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest sponsored by the Mine Warfare Association

Commander Timothy McGeehan, U.S. Navy, and Commander Douglas Wahl, U.S. Navy (Retired)

2014 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest sponsored by the Mine Warfare Association

Dr. Joshua A. Edwards and Captain Dennis M. Gallagher, U.S. Navy Reserve

2013 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest sponsored by the Mine Warfare Association

Commander Thomas S. Reynolds, U.S. Navy (Retired)

 
 

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