2015 USNI & MINWARA Essay Contest

History of the Contest:

In 2012 the Mine Warfare Association leadership approached the U.S. Naval Institute with the idea of sponsoring an essay contest exploring the subject of mine warfare. The Institute was immediately interested in supporting such a program, and agreed to an inaugural essay contest in 2013, with the objective of making it an annual event going forward.

The Challenge:

To encourage an ongoing discussion concerning the strategic impact of mining, mine countermeasures operations, unmanned vehicle utilization in mine warfare, new technologies that could improve mining or mine countermeasures, and improved concepts of operations


First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Note: All prizes include one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute

Deadline: 30 November 2015
Word Length: 3,000 words
Note: Does not include footnotes/endnotes/sources

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 essays by 30 November 2015 to: essays@usni.org
  • Include Naval Mine Warfare 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 complete contact information–i.e., work, home, and cell phone numbers; and home mailing address

Selection Process: A joint panel composed of experts from MINWARA and the Proceedings editorial staff shall judge essays and choose winners

Announcement of the Winners: The winners will be announced in the January 2016 issue of Proceedings. The first prize essay will be published in the January or February 2016 Proceedings.

Award Ceremony: The winners will be recognized at the Naval Institute’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


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