The 2021 General William E. DePuy
Special Topics Writing Competition


The writing topic for 2021 is "Contiguous and noncontiguous operations: pivoting to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command—the Army’s role in protecting interests against adversaries who can contest the U.S. joint force in all domains.”


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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 However, unpublished original research based on primary as opposed to secondary source material is preferred.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 I submit a paper?

  • Complete an enrollment form (see enclosure 2) and submit it together with the proposed manuscript via email or in hard copy with a CD to Military Review by Monday, 12 July 2021. Email: 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 the sample format found at the following link: /Portals/7/DePuy/docs/DePuy Example.docx.
  • Military Review will recommend to the CAC commander a panel of distinguished judges to evaluate the entries.
  • General criteria to be used for evaluating papers are attached (see enclosure 1).

If you have questions contact:

Managing editor of Military Review, at (913) 684-9339 or DSN 552-9339; or via email