Submission deadline has been extended to 1700h on Sunday, 15 October 2023! Submissions are now closed.

Announcing the 2023 Cove Competition! This year's topic is:

‘Describe how your role will evolve to contribute to Combined Arms operations in the Army of 2045.’

This year's instalment of The Cove's annual writing competition invites submissions as part of our Combined Arms theme.

The Cove challenges you think creatively about the future of combined arms. We want to hear what you think combined arms will evolve into over the coming years and how you will specifically contribute to its effect. How will your rank, trade, corps or position evolve to meet the challenges of future warfare? This competition encourages you to engage in deep thinking about how combined arms will change as the face of warfare changes. It also aims to generate discussion on how the ADF will change over the coming years, and as a result, how combined arms will be developed to be able to combat changes in threats, emergence of new technologies, and resultant changes in ADF force posture and the operating environment.


Cove Competition 2023 has two categories – Officer and Other Ranks. Submissions will be considered within their relevant category.


  • All submissions must directly address the topic: ‘Describe how your role will evolve to contribute to Combined Arms operations in the Army of 2045.’
  • Keep your essay relevant, practical, and in line with current open-source Government strategic policy on National Defence.
  • Your essay should be between 1000 and 1500 words and comply with all other requirements set out by our Cove Submission Guidelines.
  • Your essay must be your own, original work.
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  • Be submitted by the due date and time (see below).

So Get Writing!

This competition is open to all ranks, roles, trades and corps. Submissions need to be in by 1700 on Sunday, 15 October 2023 to be considered for judging.


There are three chances to win a great prize pack for both officers and soldiers. Prizes are:

  • 1st Place: $200 book voucher + Cove Trophy + Cove Coin + Cove Swag pack
  • 2nd Place: $150 book voucher + Cove Coin + Cove Swag pack
  • 3rd Place: $100 book voucher + Cove Coin + Cove Swag pack
  • Honourable Mentions: Cove Coin and a Cove Notebook and Pen


All submissions will be considered within their relevant categories and reviewed by the judging panel.

This year's panel of judges consists of representatives of The Cove Team, chaired by our Guest Judge, Colonel Luke Brady, COMDT CATC.