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Cold War Essay Contest at John A. Adams ’71 Center For Military History & Strategic Analysis, 2020; Submit By Nov 13, 2020

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For the sixteenth 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at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best unpublished papers on Cold War military history. The contest recognizes and encourages innovative scholarship on Cold War subjects.

Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; Cold War alliances; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges. This year, the Adams Center is especially interested in essays concerning race and ethnicity in Cold War armed forces.


  • First place : a plaque and a cash award of $2,000;
  • Second place : a plaque and $1,000 ;
  • Third place : a plaque and $500

Procedure :

  • Writers should send their entry electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by Friday, November 13, 2020.
  • Please make your submission as a MS Word document and limit your essay 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 December 2020. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication.

Submissions to: [email protected]

Contact Info:

Dr. Bradley Lynn Coleman

Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis

Department of History

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA 24450

[email protected]



Ms. Deneise Shafer

Administrative Assistant

[email protected]


Fax: 540-464-7246

Contact Email: [email protected]


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