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The Leatherneck Writing Contest

OPEN TO ALL ENLISTED MARINES

 

DEADLINE: 31 March

 

PRIZES

 

1st Place: $1,000 + an engraved plaque
2nd Place: $750 + an engraved plaque
3rd Place: $500 + an engraved plaque

 

SUBJECTS

 

Leadership- Describe an outstanding Marine Corps leader and what makes him or her so successful.
Current Events- Describe a recent event and the impact it had on the Marines involved.
History- Describe a little-known aspect of a battle or an individual Marine that others may not know about i.e.
“the rest of the story”.

 

DETAILS

•Maximum 2000 words
•Must include contact information: grade, name, unit, SNOIC/OIC, e-mail and phone number
•Submit electronically to leatherneck@mca-marines.org in Microsoft Word Format

 

Sponsored By Major Rick Stewart. USMC (RET)

 

The MajGen Harold W. Chase Essay Contest

Open to all active, retired, and reserve military personnel. Multiple entries are allowed; only one will receive an award.

 

1500-2000 words

 

Contest runs: 01 January – 30 April

 

The top 3 submissions receive a “Boldness & Daring Award”

1st Place receives a $3,000 check & plaque

2nd Place receives a $1,500 check & plaque

Honorable Mention receives a $500 check & plaque

 

Topic: challenge conventional wisdom by proposing change to a current Marine Corps directive, policy, custom, or practice

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org

LtGen Bernard E. “Mick” Trainor Military Writing Award

CURRENTLY RUNNING

Both civilian and military writers eligible.

 

2000-2500 words

 

Contest Runs: 01 May – 31 July

 

The winner receives a $1,000 check and a plaque funded by the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association and the Marine Corps Association & Foundation

 

Topic: Propose an innovative solution to one of the warfighting challenges that the Marine Corps will face in the future operating environment

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org

Kiser Family Irregular Warfare Essay Contest

CURRENTLY RUNNING

Civilian and military writers eligible

 

2500-3000 words

 

Contest Runs: 01 May – 31 August

 

1st Place receives a $3,000 check and a plaque

2nd Place receives a $2,000 check and a plaque

3rd Place receives a $1,000 check and a plaque

 

Topic: Irregular Warfare; the specific “call for papers” or research question is updated annually

2020: The Future of Civil-Military Operations and Civil Affairs Marines.

As our service implements a historic effort to modernize the Marine Corps for the era of great power competition, how should it plan and execute Civil-Military Operations across the competition and conflict continuum? What relevant lessons should the Corps sustain from almost two decades of “war among the people” to prepare commanders and posture our Civil Affairs Marines to inform, influence, shape and gain access to the cognitive civil environment in support of a naval campaign against a peer adversary?

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org

LtCol Earl “Pete” Ellis Annual Essay Contest

Civilian and military writers are eligible. Multiple entries are allowed; only one will receive an award.

 

2000-3000 words

 

Contest Runs: 01 August- 30 November

 

1st Place receives a $3,000 check and a plaque

2nd Place receives a $1,500 check funded a plaque

3rd Place receives a $1,000 check and a plaque

 

Topic: TBA August 2020

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org

The Gen Robert E. Hogaboom Essay Contest

Open to all active, retired, and reserve military personnel. Multiple entries are allowed; only one will receive an award.

 

1500-2000 words

 

Contest Runs: 01 September – 31 January

 

1st Place receives a $3,000 check & plaque

2nd Place receives a $1,500 check & plaque

Honorable Mention receives a $500 check & plaque

 

Topic: The contest honors the essay that is the most original in its approach to the various aspects of leadership

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org