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2016 International Navies Essay Contest

2016 International Navies Essay Contest

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.


Globalization creates many maritime challenges for all of the world’s navies as well as existing and potential partnerships and coalitions.  It also generates opportunities.

The International Navies Essay Contest encourages potential authors to offer innovative ways to address the challenges or opportunities facing a single navy, or more broadly, to address an issue affecting many navies.  Any contribution that advances the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security will be considered for a prize.


U.S Naval Institute


First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize: $2,500

Third Prize: $1,500

Note: All prizes include one-year membership in the Naval Institute


1 July 2016


  • 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: 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:
  1. Email essay by 1 July 2016 to:
  2. Include International Navies Essay Contest Submission on subject line of email
  3. Include word count on title page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within the essay
  4. 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 members 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 winners will be announced and the first prize essay will be published in the September Proceedings.
  • Award Ceremony: The winners will be recognized at a future Naval Institute event.


All questions concerning this essay contest should be sent to


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