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Bradley L. Coleman
John A. Adams Center
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Virginia Military Institute
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Annual Cold War Essay Contest


For the eleventh consecutive year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best unpublished papers on Cold War military history. Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on U.S. military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges.

Prizes: First place will earn a plaque and a cash award of $2,000; second place, $1,000 and a plaque; and third place, $500 and a plaque.

Procedures: Entries should be sent electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by Friday, 30 October 2015. Please make your submission as Microsoft Word document and limit your entry to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in late 2015. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication.  In addition, the Adams Center would like to post the best papers, with the permission of the author, on its website.

Submissions to:  adamscenter@vmi.edu 

For information about the contest, or if you have questions, please contact:

Bradley L. Coleman, Director, Adams Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis

Deneise Shafer, Administrative Assistant, VMI History Dept. 

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Past Essay Contest Award Winners


The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis sponsors an annual scholarly essay contest, with topics focusing on the U. S. military in the Cold War years (1946-1991).

Contest Winners by Year
2004-05,   2005-06,   2006-07,   2007-08,   2008-09,   2009-2010,  2010-2011, 2014

Full-Text Papers (Alphabetical by author)