2013 Essay Contest
You voted and the results are in for MOAA’s 2013 Military
Professional Essay Contest. First place goes to retired Army spouse Sara
VanderClute for her essay “Disabled? Or Dissembling?” Capt. Joseph A.
Simonetti, New York ANG, took second place, and Lt. Col. Donald L. Gilleland,
USAF (Ret), placed third. Finalists appeared in the November 2013 Military
2014 Essay Contest
MOAA’s annual Military Professional
Essay Contest is open to current, former, and retired members of the military;
members of their families; and students, staff, and faculty members at any
professional military education institution. Essays may address any topic that
has relevance to MOAA’s stated mission of preserving a strong national defense.
Entries 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. Readers will vote
for the final placement and prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second
place, and $250 for third place. Additionally, one handheld GPS system will be
awarded through a random drawing from all valid entries.
Entries will be accepted until July
31 and must be 750 words or less. Submit a Microsoft Word or PDF file with a
title page to firstname.lastname@example.org. The title page should include:
- Essay title
- Writer’s name and rank/branch of
service (if applicable)
- Full mailing address
- Phone number
- Email address
Submission of an essay constitutes
permission by the author for MOAA to publish all or part in MOAA-sponsored
Read the full rules below.
Finalists will be published in the
November 2014 issue of Military Officer.
Readers will vote on the winning essay and second- and third-place winners,
which will be announced in the January 2015 issue of Military Officer.
No purchase is necessary to enter
or win. Entry period ends at midnight, Eastern time, July 31, 2014.
Only entries received before July
31, 2014, are eligible for prizes. Multiple entries are permitted; but an
individual may only be awarded one prize. 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.
The 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 the Military Officers Association of
America, its agents, and members of their immediate families. Each entrant 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.
Announcement of Winners
Three finalists will be selected by
a panel of judges. After publication, reader voting will determine final order
of prizes. First-, second-, and third-place prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250,
respectively, are guaranteed to be awarded. Additionally, one handheld GPS
system will be awarded through a random drawing from all valid entries.
Winners will be notified by mail or
email. The winners will be announced on the MOAA website on Dec. 31, 2014. Any
notification of winning 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 matters.
Odds of Winning
Odds of winning will depend on the
number of entries received.
Awarding of Prizes
Entry and 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 Military
Officers Association of America (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 author for MOAA to reproduce all or part of the 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 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
List of Winners
Visit www.moaa.org/essaycontest for a
list of winners, posted by Dec. 31, 2014. The contest is sponsored by the
Military Officers Association of America, 201 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA