Essay Contest

For the twelfth consecutive year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best-unpublished papers on Cold War military history. Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges. 

Prizes: First place will earn a plaque and a cash award of $2,000; second place, $1,000 and a plaque; and third place, $500 and a plaque.

Procedures: Entries should be sent electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by Friday, 11 November 2016. Please make your submission as Microsoft Word document and limit your entry to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in late 2016. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication. In addition, the Adams Center would like to post the best papers, with the permission of the author, on its website.

Submissions to:  adamscenter@vmi.edu 

Questions to:

Dr. Bradley L. Coleman
Director, Adams Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450
colemanbl@vmi.edu
540-464-7447

Ms. Deneise Shafer
Administrative Assistant
History Department
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450
shaferdp@vmi.edu
540-464-7338
FAX:  540-464-7246

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