Civil Affairs Essay Contest Celebrates New Journal

Editors at Divergent Options have partnered with an association of military Civil Affairs practitioners on a short-essay writing contest that closes July 7, 2020. Prizes are $250 first-place; $150 second-place; and $100 third-place.

Contributors are invited to submit a 1,000-word essay, using either the Divergent Options unique "options paper" and "assessment paper" outline formats. Submissions should examine "the role of human factors in armed conflict and / or competition below levels of conflict within the world of 2035."

According to editors, for contest purposes, "human factors" are defined as “The physical, cultural, psychological, and behavioral attributes of an individual or group that influence perceptions, understanding, and interactions.”

Send contest entries to editors via e-mail: submissions AT divergentoptions DOT org

The Divergent Options-administered contest is in celebration of the launch of the Civil Affairs Association's on-line journal, Eumonia. The publication is named after the ancient Greek goddess of law, governance, and good order.

The journal's mission is to "provide a forum for professional debate and discussion about the contemporary issues within the Civil Affairs Regiment, and promote the strategic use and understanding of CA by military commanders, policymakers, and partners through concise, innovative articles, podcasts and forum discussions."

Association membership reflects "a diverse collective of professionals across military, interagency, international, academic, non-governmental, and industry organizations dedicated to ‘securing the victory’ through engagement with the civil component of the operational environment."

Beyond the Divergent Options contest, the Eunomia journal is a regular potential market for military writers. Full submissions guidelines are here. Notable opportunities for writers include:

  • "Warrior-Scholar Corner": Scholarly manuscripts of 1,000 to 2,500 words in length, with content regarding the the civil affairs discipline.
  • Article posts: Shorter essays of 500 to 1000 words in length. Includes book reviews, profiles of civil affairs operators, and analysis of breaking news.
  • "Team Room": Essays of 500 to 2,000 words in length, addressing contemporary issues, best-training practices, or solutions to common issues for those serving in an operational battalion or below.

Outside of the journal, the association annually calls for scholarly papers on a specified theme, in conjunction with an annual symposium. Themes are typically announced in May or June of each year. Invited papers are presented at the symposia, which are typically held in October or November. Full guidelines for papers are available here. Collections of past papers are here.

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