Marine Corps Essay Contest

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

August 31

Awarded By

U.S. Naval Institute

Award Amount

$5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, respectively. The winning authors will also receive a complementary membership in the U.S. Naval Institute and Naval Intelligence Professionals. Selected essays will be published in a future issue of the U.S. Naval Institute's "Proceedings."


Three awards offered annually.

Additional Information

Read more about the specific writing topic on the USNI website. All submissions must be original analytical and/or interpretive works not currently submitted or previously published elsewhere. 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.

Deadline Info

Each applicant must submit an original essay (no more than 2,500 words) addressing the current year's topic. Entries must be submitted via email, as an attachment to the email address provided, with ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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