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The Cove 2020 Writing Competition - is back!

By The Cove November 5, 2020

After a short hiatus, The Cove 2020 writing competition is back! Whilst the topic and guidance remains the same, you have a few more weeks to put your thoughts together and submit your ideas to be in the running for some excellent prizes. Submissions will close on 15 November 2020. 


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.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc around the world and whilst The Cove's Writing Competition is usually based on lessons from Ex HAMEL / TALISMAN SABRE, this year The Cove Team are taking a different approach to the topic.  

The topic for this year is:

"How can we simplify the Army so that the time saved can be reinvested to becoming Future Ready?" 


Submission Guidelines

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. 

Entries should consist of a short piece of no more than 3,000 words or an AV submission of no more than 5 minutes. AV submissions can be a variety of formats including podcast, video, video supported by powerpoint; the limit is your imagination.

To submit a word doc, ppt or pdf, simply use the 'Make a submission' button in the top right corner of the Cove website.

To submit an AV presentation (under 20GB), share your file with us using this dropbox link.

Please ensure your submission includes in the title, 'Writing Competition' and includes your contact details. Please contact the Cove Team if you have any questions with regards to your submission. 


We have a top quality judging panel consisting of:

  1. Director General Training and Doctrine - Brigadier Glenn Ryan, CSC and Bar
  2. Training and Doctrine Regimental Sergeant Major - Warrant Officer Class 1 Brent Doyle, OAM
  3. SO1 Army Education - Lieutenant Colonel James Rogers
  4. Military author (Duty Nobly Done) - Mr Adam Holloway

The winning entries will be judged on three key aspects: quality of submission; originality of thought and practicality of implementation.   As such, the judging panel 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.

Judging criteria can be found here.

Prizes - all placings will receive a limited edition Cove Coin and Cove pack.

1st prize a unique Professional Military Education opportunity (COVID pending)

2nd prize - A two night stay in the Army Amenities Fund accommodation in either Coogee, NSW or Melbourne Docklands, VIC; accompanied by subsidised travel up to the value of $3,000.  

3rd prize - $300 gift voucher to Booktopia

4th prize - $200 gift voucher to the militaryshop 

The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2020.

Keep an eye out as we will be publishing articles from 16 November onward. 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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