The Bridge Writing Competition on Strategy

The Strategy Bridge is conducting a writing competition on the topic of strategy.  The competition is open to students in military war colleges, staff colleges, and civilian universities. The competition deadline is 30 June 2017.  Winning articles will be announced by 1 August and published subsequently.

We are seeking original papers examining any aspect of strategy. Original submissions are highly encouraged, though revised and reformatted professional military education papers that meet the standards of an academic journal may be used. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Theory of strategy
  • Strategy development (within the military or between civilian and military actors/organizations)
  • Strategic history
  • Factors influencing strategy (technology, politics, geography, etc.)
  • Educating strategists
  • Strategy and the public
  • The impact of information operations on strategy
  • The future of strategy

Awards

A panel of judges gathered by The Strategy Bridge will evaluate entries based on originality, substance of argument, style, and contribution to advancing the understanding and practice of strategy.

First Place – Engraved plaque, award of $500, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.

Second Place – Award of $300, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.

Third Place – Award of $50, publication in a special series in The Strategy Bridge journal, and consideration for a chapter in an edited volume published by a university press.


How to enter

  • The Strategy Bridge will entertain any and all articles that have a tie to strategy and are between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Articles should include a short biography of the author.

  • Given our broad audience in the national security profession, we ask that submissions be free of jargon, acronyms, and idiosyncratic style; articles should be written for a general audience rather than a service- or national military-specific one.

  • All graphs, charts, and tables should be submitted as separate files in the format they were created; please include appropriate attribution information.

  • Previously published articles are ineligible.

  • Articles pending consideration elsewhere for publication, or articles submitted to other competitions still pending announced decisions are eligible for this competition, but if the article is accepted elsewhere the author must inform The Strategy Bridge immediately.

  • You can submit your article in a Word document (or other word processing software format, to include Google Docs) to submissions@thestrategybridge.org.

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