Q: Is the subject matter limited to U.S. naval and naval services history, or can it be about any naval or naval services history?
A: The subject matter is not limited to U.S. naval history, but should be oriented toward lessons that contribute to U.S. maritime superiority in today's environment. The desire is for maximum participation and a wide aperture for essays.
Q: The NAVADMIN lists a REF A, what is that?
A: REF A is the “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” release by CNO in January 2016. A copy of the document can be downloaded by clicking: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/get-involved/images/cno-stg.pdf
Q: Would we be allowed to reuse material written in a previous academic essay, as long as it's our own?
Q: Who can enter?
A: Anyone can enter the essay contest who is employed by one of the Sea Services. It is open to all civilian employees who work for the Navy, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps. It is also open to all military who are in the Navy, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps, regardless of rank.
Q: Will joint entries (multiple authors) be accepted?
Q: Since essays are judged in the blind, how will my entry be identified as mine?
A: As part of your submission, you should provide a document that includes your biography, phone number, and mailing address. As submissions are received, we’ll assign to each essay a unique entry ID that will be tied to your name but invisible to judges.
Q: I've never written for anything like this before. Where can I find previous winners?
A: See the winners of the 2017 CNO Naval History Essay Contest here.
Q: Which category do I fit into?
A: Professional Category: history curators, history archivists, historians, history professors, and persons with history-related doctoral degrees. Rising Historian Category: U.S. Sea Service active, reserve, retired, and civilian personnel not included in the above criteria.
Q: Guidance at USNI’s website says my “essay must be original, not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere.” The NAVADMIN doesn’t include that guidance. May I submit an essay that was previously published?
A: No, the essay cannot have been published before. You may reuse material written in a previous academic essay.
Q: Announced recognition prizes differ between the USNI site and the NAVADMIN. Is the Naval Academy the planned presentation venue?
A: The venue is still TBD and will be announced in the coming months.
Q: I have a question that isn’t answered above. Is there anyone I can contact for help?
A: For questions pertaining to this message and the execution of the 2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest, please contact Ms. Meghan Cunningham via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For advice and guidance on writing essays, contact Ms. Jaci Day via email: email@example.com.