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.

Length: 2,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).

Prior Publication: Your essay must be original and not previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere.

Awards: First Prize: $1,500 Second Prize: $750 Third Prize: $500

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 2019.

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 June 2019 Proceedings and recognized at the Mine Warfare Symposium.