General William E. DePuy
Writing Competition

2017 Theme - “What needs to be fixed in the Army?”

Deadline: Monday, 17 July 2017

Special Topics Writing Competition

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The theme of the 2017 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition is, “What needs to be fixed in the Army?”

Articles will be comparatively judged by a panel of senior Army leaders on how well they have clearly identified issues requiring solutions relevant to the Army in general, or to a significant portion of the Army; how effectively detailed and feasible the solutions to the identified problem are; and the level of writing excellence achieved. Writing must be logically developed and well organized, demonstrate professional-level grammar and usage, provide original insights, and be thoroughly researched as manifest in pertinent sources.

How do I enter?

  • Submit an unclassified, original research paper examining any aspect—broad or specific—of this theme. Papers should be approx. 3,000 words in length, not counting endnotes.
  • Previously published papers, or papers pending consideration elsewhere for publication, are ineligible.
  • Papers submitted to other competitions still pending announced decisions are also ineligible. (As an exception to this rule, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College students submitting papers to the General Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Competition may submit the same paper to the DePuy Competition. Thus, it is possible to recognize a single paper for both competitions).
  • Contestants are expected to conduct in-depth research to support their papers to include consulting current doctrine, proponent organizations, and subject matter experts. However, unpublished original research based on primary as opposed to secondary source material is preferred.

What do winning writers receive?

First Place Second Place Third Place
Award of $1,000 Award of $750 Award of $500
Certificate of recognition Certificate of recognition Certificate of recognition
Publication as a featured essay in Military Review, the Professional Journal of the United States Army Special consideration for publication in Military Review Special consideration for publication in Military Review
Not all prizes will necessarily be awarded; only superior quality products will warrant award

How do you submit a paper?

Complete an enrollment form and submit it together with the proposed manuscript via e-mail or in hard copy with a CD to Military Review by Monday, 17 July 2017.

Mail: Military Review, 290 Stimson, Unit 2, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027.

The essay will use endnote citations and not bibliographic references. Essays will not use the automatic endnote citation feature of software. Instead, endnotes will be hand typed in numerical order as referenced in the essay and listed at the end of the submitted document.

How will the papers be evaluated and judged?

All entries should be submitted using this sample format Download PDF.

Military Review will recommend to the CAC Commander a panel of distinguished judges to evaluate the entries.

Download the general criteria to be used for evaluating papers here Download PDF.

Evaluation is unavoidably a subjective process; however, our panelists will use the questions below to help them evaluate essays more objectively.

  • Does the essay show evidence of significant research using accepted academic standards? Is the research mainly from primary sources?
  • Is the author’s research backed up by careful endnotes?
  • Does the essay contribute anything new to the body of professional knowledge on the selected topic?
  • Does the essay offer well-thought-out and well-researched opinions about the how the Army can find innovative solutions to face future challenges and threats during this time of work force reductions and budget cuts?
  • Does the essay offer plausible solutions to or recommendations about the problem or issue?
  • Does the essay fairly represent the background facts and provide a credible examination of the issue?
  • Is the essay organized? Does it move logically from a clear thesis through a well- developed argument using supporting evidence to yield persuasive conclusions?
  • Is the essay written in an accessible style, or does it give the impression that it has been written to impress rather inform and persuade?
  • Does the essay avoid excessive acronyms or jargon?

If you have questions contact:

Editor in Chief of Military Review, at (913) 684-9331 or DSN 552-9331; or via email.