2018 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:

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.


First Prize: $1,500
Second Prize: $750
Third Prize: $500
Note: All prizes include one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Word Length: 2, 500 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 31 March 2018 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
  • The contest is open to all persons eligible for membership (including those already members) in the Institute.

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 May 2018 issue of Proceedings.

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


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