military leaders of the past two decades have affected your leadership and
for the top essay spot in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
annual military professional essay contest and $1,000. Second- and
third-place winners will receive $500 and $250, respectively.
winning essay will be published in the December 2015 issue of Military Officer. Second- and third-place essays
will be published online.
cadets and midshipmen, there’s an essay contest just for you. Convince us of the advantages of one commissioning source
professional essay contest entries will be accepted until July 31 and must be
1,500 to 2,000 words. Please submit a Microsoft Word or PDF file with an
appropriate title page to email@example.com. Read the
full rules below.
annual military professional essay contest is open to current, former, and retired
members of the military and their families and students, staff, and faculty
members at any professional military education institution. (Cadets and
midshipmen who will be commissioned in the same academic year as the essay
contest also are eligible to enter through MOAA’s senior cadet and midshipmen
essay contest.) Essays should address the topic given above.
will be judged by an independent panel, and the top three essays will be
chosen on the basis of original thought, clarity and logic of writing, and
style. MOAA reserves the right to disqualify off-topic entries.
Include the following information on the title page:
- Essay title
- Writer’s name and rank and branch of service
- Full mailing address
- Phone number
- Email address
writers retain copyright to their work, but by submitting an entry, they give
MOAA permission to publish winning entries in the December 2015 issue of Military
Officer, in its various print and digital forms and on its website,
www.moaa.org. Separate arrangements may be made with the writers of
nonwinning entries MOAA wishes to publish.
No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
Entry period ends at midnight, Eastern time, July 31, 2015.
entries received before July 31, 2015, are eligible for prizes. Multiple
entries are permitted, but an individual may be awarded only one prize. Entries
will not be acknowledged. MOAA assumes no responsibility for entries that are
corrupted or otherwise not received correctly or for any problems or
technical malfunction of any equipment used to submit an entry or otherwise
communicate regarding the contest, including injury or damage to participants
or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating
or downloading materials in the contest.
Announcement of Winners:
Three winners will be selected by a panel of judges. First-, second-, and
third-place prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively, are guaranteed to
Winners will be notified by mail or email. The winners will be announced in
the December 2015 issue of Military
Officer. Any notification of winnings returned as undeliverable may
result in the awarding of the prize to an alternate winner. No responsibility
is assumed for lost, mutilated, misdirected, illegible, or postage-due mail.
Taxes are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner. All claims are subject
to verification by MOAA, whose decisions are final and binding in all
Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received.
Contest is open to current, former, and retired members of the military and
their families and students, staff, and faculty members at any professional military
education institution, age 18 or older, except employees of MOAA, its agents,
and members of their immediate families. Entrants must complete the following
information on their record to be eligible: full name, military information
(if applicable), valid email address, street address, city, state, and ZIP
code. Claimant may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility that
must be signed and returned within 14 calendar days from the date printed on
the notification of winning.
Awarding of Prizes:
acceptance of a prize constitutes permission to use the winner’s name,
photograph, or other likeness for the purpose of advertising, trade, and
promotion on behalf of the MOAA, without further compensation to the winner
unless prohibited by law. Prizes are not transferable, and there will be no
substitutions, except due to unavailability. Entry constitutes permission
from an author for MOAA to reproduce all or part of an essay; however, MOAA
will not share essays with third parties. Entries will not be acknowledged.
By accepting any prize, the winner releases MOAA and its affiliates from any
loss, damages, cost, or expense associated with the prize product. All
federal, state, and local laws apply. Sweepstakes is void wherever prohibited
by law. Complete rules are posted online at www.moaa.org/essaycontest. MOAA
reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest in
the event that the contest is not capable of running as planned, including
infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud,
technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of promoter that
corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or
proper conduct of the contest. In the event of a dispute as to the winner’s
identity, entries will be deemed made by the holder of the mailing address
associated with the entry.
For winner’s list:
Visit www.moaa.org/essaycontest for a
list of winners, available in December 2015. The contest is sponsored by MOAA,
201 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314.