R 301811Z JAN 19
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/2019 CNO NAVAL HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/CNRF/MAR//
AMPN/REF A is Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, Version
AMPN/REF B is Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, Version
POC/Ms. Meghan A. Cunningham/LOC: WASHINGTON, DC/
RMKS/1. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is announcing the 2019
CNO Naval History Essay Contest and is calling for submission of
papers by 31 May 2019. In support of references (a) and (b), the
Director, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) will serve as
the Navy’slead for the contest with support from the United States
Naval Institute (USNI), which will receive the essays and assist
with judging. The Superintendent, United States Naval Academy
(USNA), President, Naval War College (NWC), and President, Naval
Post Graduate School (NPS) will provide judges.
2. The CNO invites entrants meeting the criteria in paragraph 4 to
submit an essay that applies lesson(s) from naval history to
establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in today’s
3. CNOs Intent: Inspire insight and dialog across a wide spectrum
of academic, military, and civilian personnel within the Sea
Services and among those with a sincere interest in the history of
the Sea Services.
4. Essays will be accepted from entrants in the following
a. Professional Category: History curators, archivists,
professors, historians, and persons with history-related
b. Rising Category: U.S. Sea-Service active, reserve and
retired, and civilians not included in the Professional
5. Essay requirements:
a. 3,000-word maximum (excluding footnotes, endnotes, and
b. Submissions must be the authors original work, not
previously published or currently under consideration for
publication elsewhere, nor previously submitted to the CNO Naval
History Essay Contest.
c. Submissions must be made via email to:
d. Submissions deadline: 31 May 2019
e. Include the words CNO ESSAY CONTEST(essays title) in
the subject line of submission email.
f. Include word count on the title page of essay, but do not
include the authors name on the title page or within the essay.
g. Provide a separate email attachment that includes authors
biography and contact information – phone number, email, and
h. For more details about the contest, please visit
email Ms. Jaci Day: jday(AT)usni.org.
6. Essays will be judged on the following criteria:
a. Relevance to topic
c. Thoroughness of research
d. Quality of insights based on historical events
e. Uniqueness/novelty of ideas presented
7. All essays will be judged in the blind. A judging panel will
select winning essays (first, second, and third place from each
category), and the winning authors will receive the following:
a. Invitational travel orders to the 2019 CNO Naval History
Essay Contest Awards Reception to meet the CNO and present the
b. A cash prize (courtesy of USNI):
(1) First Place – $5,000
(2) Second Place – $2,500
(3) Third Place – $1,500
c. Publication of their essay in Proceedings or Naval History
magazine (first-place essays) and on the NHHC website (all winning
essays). Some non-winning essays may also be selected for
d. A piece of copper sheathing from the USS CONSTITUTION.
e. Recognition on NHHCs website.
f. A one-year USNI membership and a one-year subscription to
Naval History magazine (courtesy of USNI).
a. Director, NHHC:
(1) Oversee USNI submission processing
(2) Coordinate blind judging of submissions with USNI
(3) Coordinate announcing the contest winners
(4) Coordinate the 2019 CNO Naval History Essay Contest
Awards Reception and invitational travel for the winning authors
(5) Coordinate publication of winning and selected essays
(6) Capture lessons learned
(7) Nominate staff member judges as needed
b. Superintendent, USNA, nominate two senior staff members to
serve on the final judging panel.
c. President, NWC, nominate two senior staff members to serve
on the final judging panel.
d. President, NPS, nominate two senior staff members to serve
on the final judging panel.
9. For questions pertaining to the content of this NAVADMIN,
please contact Ms. Meghan Cunningham, NHHC: email:
meghan.cunningham(AT)navy.mil. For advice and guidance on writing
essays contact Ms. Jaci Day, USNI: email: jday(AT)usni.org
10. Released by Ms. Steffanie B. Easter, Director, Navy Staff.//