Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize

Dating back to 1874, the Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize reflects and reinforces the Institute's status as a uniquely placed platform for free thinking debate. 


Awards are made on the basis of originality, logical argument, sound analysis, style, clarity and conciseness.

The competition is open to authors of any nationality but must be written in English. and entries are welcome from - but not exclusive to - members of the Armed Forces of nations. One or more prizes within a total of £2,000 is awarded each year.

Find out more about the 2021 competition, which is now open for submissions.

For further information please contact the Competition Manager, Simon Rankmore, Copyeditor, RUSI, at simonr@rusi.org

Submissions for 2021 are now open


Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize 2021

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Previous years' prizes


See the winners from previous years.

Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize 2020
Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize 2019
Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize 2018