US Naval Institute General Essay Contest

Wanted to pass this along, and encourage participation. Note eligibility for USNI membership is essentially unlimited, so that should not be a barrier to participation. Deadline 31 Dec. The USNI page about the contest is here.

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ALCOAST 366/19
A. Coast Guard External Affairs Manual, COMDTINST M5700.13 (series)
1. This ALCOAST announces the U.S. Naval Institute’s 2019 General Prize Essay Contest.
2. Overview. Located at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI),
a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization, has provided an open forum for honest debate,
informed discussion, and professional development for members of the Naval Services since 1873.
The vision and mission of the USNI is to give a voice to those who seek the finest Navy, Marine
Corps, and Coast Guard by providing an independent forum for those who dare to read, think,
speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea
power and other issues critical to global security. USNI is known for its flagship magazine
Proceedings and a variety of historical and professional books.
3. USNI General Prize Essay Contest. Dating back to 1879, the General Prize is the Naval
Institute’s premier essay contest. Winning authors this year will join a long line of
great naval thinkers and innovators, including Commander Alfred Thayer Mahan, Rear
Admiral Stephen B. Luce, Lieutenant Ernest J. King, Lieutenant Commander James Stavridis,
and Commander James Winnefeld. This year’s General Prize Essay Contest invites you to
“dare to write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea
power and other issues critical to national defense.” Participate in this open annual essay
contest to discuss the most compelling issues, ideas, and solutions impacting the sea services.
There is no restriction on topic. All essays are judged in the blind by the Naval Institute’s
Editorial board composed of serving Sea Service professionals.
    a. Eligibility: Open to all persons eligible for membership (including existing members)
in the Institute (to include U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard). The essay
must be original and not published or being considered for publication elsewhere.
    b. Length: 3,000 words maximum, excluding notes and sources.
    c. Prizes: First prize – $6,000. Second prize – $3,000. Third prize – $2,000.
    d. Submission Deadline: The deadline for entries is 31 December 2019. The winners will be
announced and published in the May 2020 Proceedings. Note: essays are submitted directly to
USNI and the U.S. Coast Guard plays no role in selecting the winning essays. Applicants shall
ensure entries conform to Chapter 6, sections (A) through (C) of REF (A).
    e. Additional details: submit the essay as a word attachment to with “General
Prize Essay Contest” in the subject line. Include word count on the title page but do not
include your name on the title page or within the essay. Provide a bio and contact information
in a separate attachment.
4. Other Essay Contests and Writing Opportunities:
    a. Essay Contests. USNI hosts essay contests throughout the year on a variety of topics
including: Coast Guard, Cyber, Emerging and Disruptive Technology, Enlisted Perspectives,
Innovation & Risk, International Navies, Leadership, Marine Corps, Naval History, Naval
Intelligence, Naval Mine Warfare, and Naval Postgraduate School Foundation/USNI. For details
    b. Other Writing Opportunities. Authors can also submit articles for publication in
Proceedings or Naval History magazines, USNI Today (online), and USNI’s Blog (online).
For details see:
5. RDML Douglas M. Fears, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, sends.
6. Internet release is authorized.

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