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Wavell Writes Essay Writing Competition

The Admin

The 2018 Essay Competition is now closed.

It is hoped that results will be announced on 19th June 2018.  Thank you to all those who entered.

Judgement Panel and Selection of Winners

The judgement panel is represented by the McChrystal Group, JSCSC, CHACR, KCL, RUSI and Warwick University.

The competition is open to anyone with an interest in Professional Military Education (PME), serving military or civilian. The competition deadline is (Revised) 26 April 18.  Winning essays will be announced in June 18 and published subsequently.

We are seeking original essays with a focus on ‘Innovation and Divergence’, in particular an innovative and divergent approach to a contemporary military issue, topic or theme. Original submissions are highly encouraged, though revised and reformatted essays of which you are the original author are acceptable.  If you are finding it difficult to think of a title, search our suggested list, which has been offered by the Defence community.


Our panel of judges will evaluate entries based on originality, substance of argument, style, innovation and diversity of thought. The judgement panel’s decision is final.

Winning Essay –  The best overall essay submitted. £1000 prize.

Most Innovative Essay – The wild card. The essay which the judges deem to have the most innovative and original approach to the subject matter.  £500 Prize.

Our Sponsor – Thank you to the wonderful team at who have kindly offered the prize money.


The Wavell Room will accept any and all articles that are relevant to the military, with a focus on innovation and diversity. 2,500 words is the limit. Please 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; essays should be written for a general audience not a military specific one.  In addition those submitting essays are responsible that they are free of any information not appropriate for the public domain.

All graphs, charts, and tables should be submitted as separate files in the format they were created; please include appropriate attribution information.  The essay should be referenced throughout, using whichever referencing standard you choose.

Previously published essays are ineligible.

Articles or essays pending consideration elsewhere for publication, or articles submitted to other competitions still pending announced decisions are eligible for this competition, but if the essay is accepted elsewhere the author must inform The Wavell Room.

Essays must be your original work, you will be required to make a declaration confirming so.  The Wavell Room will be using plagiarism detection software.