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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.

 

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

The Gen Robert E. Hogaboom Essay Contest

Open to all active, retired, and reserve military personnel

 

1500-2000 words.

 

Contest Runs: 1 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

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: 2019 TBD

 

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: 2019 TBD

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org

Kiser Family Irregular Warfare Essay Contest

Civilian and military writers eligible.

 

2000-3000 words.

 

Contest Runs: 1 August to 30 October. The contest is bi-annual running in even years, next contest will be 2020.

 

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

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

Honorable mentions receive checks for $500 and plaques.

 

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

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org

LtGen Bernard E. “Mick” Trainor Military Writing Award

Both civilian and miltary writers eligible.

 

2000-2500 words.

 

Contest Runs 1 April to 30 June.

 

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