ASAP & Art of Future Warfare Project Writing Contest

The Results are In...

  1. First Place: Brooke Haislop | "To My Son on His Eighteenth Birthday"

  2. Second Place: Michael Sierra | "Delivery Delayed"

  3. Third Place: Karin Lowachee | "War Letter"

About the Contest

The Armed Services Arts Partnership and the Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare project seek letters home from a conflict in the 2030s as part of a first-person exploration of what homecoming might be like after future wars. The letters should draw from the creative cues provided below for inspiration and direction.

Throughout America’s history, the truest window into wartime experiences and homecoming has been in the words of those service members who recounted their stories themselves to loved ones and friends. In today’s – and tomorrow’s – era of intense focus on shaping battlefield and political narrative, it will be increasingly difficult to divine any one truth, which puts an even greater burden on citizens and veterans alike to understand the difficult truths of armed conflict. Yet social media and video platforms dramatically expand the reach and impact of an individual’s singular experience, allowing the intimacy of a letter to become something bigger if added to the collective consciousness online.

 The winning letter will be showcased at an ASAP media partner and at the Art of Future Warfare project’s website.

About the Armed Services Arts Partnership

The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) builds sustainable, arts communities for veterans and military families by partnering with arts organizations, artists, and colleges. ASAP focuses on developing the comedic, literary, musical, and artistic skills of veterans in supportive, community-based environments. In the process, ASAP improves well-being among participants, and bridges divides by connecting veterans, students, and local communities through the arts. In 2015, the Echoing Green Foundation recognized ASAP as one of the 50 organizations changing the world, and the Halcyon Incubator tapped ASAP as one of the eight most innovative organizations in the U.S. In addition, ASAP recently received press from CNNABC News, and Soldiers Magazine, among others. 

ABOUT THE ARt of Future Warfare Project

The Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare project is driven by the Scowcroft Center on International Security’s mandate to advance thinking and planning for the future of warfare. The project’s core mission is to cultivate a community of interest in works and ideas arising from the intersection of creativity and expectations about how emerging antagonists, disruptive technologies, and novel warfighting concepts may animate tomorrow’s conflicts.


The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community's central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders.