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2019 Talisman Sabre Writing Competition

By The Cove July 25, 2019

Honest self-reflection is the hallmark of a true learning organisation. The Cove’s annual writing competition plays an important role in both contesting ideas and informing ongoing modernisation initiatives within an Army in Motion.

On the back of last year's 2018 Ex HAMEL Writing Competition, and as the battle draws to a close in Shoalwater Bay, it’s time for The Cove to launch the 2019 Ex TALISMAN SABRE Writing Competition. The competition is open to all ranks, from all units, services, branches, trades and Corps. Submissions are open to all members of the Australian Defence Force, be they regulars or reservists, or from members of the allied nations who took part. 


The theme for this year is Ready Now, Future Ready and submissions should seek to address one of two critical questions:

  • How can we improve the current force to fight and win a conflict today?
  • What areas to we need to invest in and modernise if we are to be ready to win future wars?

In essence, the first question asks what we can do better with what we have today while the second asks what the current force is missing that you think we will need in the future. For our allies, we are particularly interested in what we can do to improve interoperability.

Submission Guidelines

Entries should consist of a short piece of no more than 1,200 words on an aspect of TALISMAN SABRE on the theme of Ready Now, Future Ready. Our editorial team can provide advice to authors who have a story to tell but for whom writing is not their strongest suit. The winning entries will be judged on three aspects: originality of thought, practicality of implementation and the overall benefit of the article to enhancing the profession of arms. As such, we will be weighting substance over style; we are after your good ideas, not your fancy writing skills. It’s worth pointing out that 2017's winner was a CPL who wrote on petroleum operations.


For the first time there will be two categories this year: individual and unit. The article judged the best individual entry will receive a CoveCoin and a unique Professional Military Education opportunity, with two runners up receiving a CoveCoin each. The unit judged to have made the most significant contribution to the profession of arms through a combination of articles from their personnel will receive appropriate recognition from Army's hierarchy.

The deadline for submissions is 30 September. However, we will be publishing articles as we receive them. So no need to wait: time to get writing!



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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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