USNI Coast Guard Essay Contest

Wanted to point to the US Naval Institute Coast Guard Essay Contest. Would love to see one of my readers win this. Other than this paragraph, this is a copy of the USNI online announcement where they also have a link for submission.

The Challenge:

Advance new thinking about the U.S. Coast Guard’s critical role in the 21st century.  No issue is too big or too narrow as long as it makes the Coast Guard stronger.  This does not mean authors cannot be critical and take on conventional wisdom and current practices.  In fact, we encourage you to push the “dare factor.”

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 (preferably as a Microsoft Word attachment) by 31 August 2017 to:
  • Include Coast Guard 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 compete 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 member’s 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: The winning essays will be announced in the October Proceedings. 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.

  • Winners will be published in a future issue of Proceedings.
  • First Prize: $5,000 Second Prize: $2,500 Third Prize: $1,500
  • The winners will be recognized at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Conference.
  • Open to all contributors–active-duty military, reservists, veterans, and civilians.
  • 2,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources).

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