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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

CURRENTLY RUNNING

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

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: TBD 2020

 

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: 2020 TBD

 

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

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

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: 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