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Welcome to the Naval Intelligence 2009 Essay Contest!


This annual contest is sponsored by the Naval Intelligence Foundation, Naval Intelligence Professionals, and AFCEA, and underwritten in part by the Inman Foundation.



Any subject pertaining to Naval Intelligence or intelligence support to naval forces.




First Place:     

$1,000, a five year membership in the Naval Intelligence Professionals, and a two-year membership in AFCEA.

Second Place:

$500 and one-year memberships in the Naval Intelligence Professionals and AFCEA.

Plus potential publication in AFCEA’s SIGNAL Magazine, the SIGNALScape Blog, the AFCEA Intelligence website, and/or the NIP Quarterly.


If an essay is co-authored, each author will receive one-half the monetary prize.


Essay Contest Guidelines

Entries not fully complying with the following contest guidelines will not be considered. 


Eligibility:   Any military or civilian author
Deadline:      11:59 p.m. EST, November 1, 2009
Length: 2,000 words maximum

Submissions must be unclassified original analytical and/or interpretive work not currently submitted or previously published elsewhere.


Submission for the contest constitutes the author’s permission to publish. It is the responsibility of the author to meet any requirement for pre-publication security review prior to submission.


Essays must be submitted electronically to Note the title of the essay contest in the subject line of your email. In the body of the email include the title of your essay, your name, address, telephone number, and a biography of 50 words or less. Because essays are judged without knowing the author's identity, your attached essay’s cover page should include the title of your essay as noted in the email and the word count (excluding text within graphic elements or footnotes), but not your name.


You are encouraged to submit electronic photographic and/or graphic elements to support your essay. Images must be no less than 300 dpi. Illustrations submitted with essays by e-mail should be as a separate attachment or attachments, and must not be imbedded within the text of the essay.



The Naval Intelligence Foundation/Naval Intelligence Professionals review panel will choose the top three essays and forward them to the AFCEA Intelligence Committee for selection of the first and second place winning essays.


Winners will be notified in writing not later than January 15, 2010. 



AFCEA Intelligence: 703-631-6219 

Good luck!

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