Naval History Essay Contest Ad 2018

The China Challenge:

In the mid-20th century, China emerged from a century of foreign domination and civil war to wield military power and political influence on the international stage.  Subsequent reforms transformed the country into a present-day communist economic powerhouse with a burgeoning navy and designs on the South China Sea.

The Naval History Essay Contest is a chance to explore how history can inform present and future responses to challenges posed by the Chinese Dragon's rapid ascent.  Possible themes include: How has past foreign intervention in China's affairs shaped its present-day outlook?  What are the historical precedents for the country's meteoric rise?  Can Asian history shed light on China's intentions?

This essay contest is aligned with the 2018 Naval Institute Conference themed: "The China Challenge"


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 2018

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: 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 31 August 2018 to: [email protected]
  • Include Naval History Essay Contest 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 winning essay will be published in the November/December Naval History.  Other essay submissions will be published by the U.S. Naval Institute.

Award Ceremony: The winners will be recognized at the 2018 Naval History Conference, U.S. Naval Academy.

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.

Essay Publication: The winner will be published in the November/December issue of Naval History.

Essay Awards: First Prize: $5,000 Second Prize:$2,500 Third Prize: $1,500

Essay Ceremony: The winners will be recognized at the Naval History Conference, U.S. Naval Academy.

Essay Eligibility: Open to any contributor -- active duty military, reservists, veterans, government civilian personnel, civilians.

Essay Length: 3,000 words maximum