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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

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

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

CURRENTLY RUNNING

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

 

2500-3000 words

 

Contest Runs: 01 August- 31 October

 

1st Place receives a $2,500 check and a plaque/trophy

2nd Place receives a $1,000 check and a plaque/trophy

Two Honorable Mentions receive a $500 check each and a plaque/trophy

 

Topic: Answer ONE of the following questions:

  1. In this era of renewed great power competition, including aggressive behaviors “short of war” characterized as gray zone operations, an integrated naval expeditionary force is required to operate in contested maritime areas. What future capabilities – produced by novel, innovative approaches to organizing training and equipping the force, are most important for Fleet Marine Forces / Fleet Forces to generate asymmetric advantage while also retaining broad capabilities for forward deployment afloat along the competition-escalation-conflict continuum?
  2. “Cyber-attacks, insider threats, and COVID 19 continue to demonstrate that we no longer enjoy sanctuary in the homeland.  What are the implications for CONUS readiness and global force posture?  What innovations or adaptations are necessary to ensure we are prepared to not only defend the homeland, but also to project power overseas in the future?”

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org

Colonel Thomas M. O’Leary Memorial Future Force Development Writing Contest

CURRENTLY RUNNING

Sponsored by General Alfred M. Gray and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Contest open to all Marines, academics, industry, and science/technology personnel. Participants associated with the sponsor(s) and the Gazette editorial advisory panel may not compete.

 

An essay of 1500-2000 words and an associated 10 to 12-minute audio-visual podcast or “TED talk” style video, answer the below topic question.

 

Contest Runs: 01 August- 31 October

 

1st Place receives a $2500 check and a plaque/trophy

2nd Place receives a $1000 check and a plaque/trophy

Two Honorable Mentions receive a $500 check each and a plaque/trophy

 

Topic for the inaugural 2020 Contest:

Given the Commandant’s guidance in Force Design 2030, what emerging technologies does the Marine Corps need in order to make possible the employment of “Stand-In Forces” as part of the concept for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations emphasizing technically disruptive, tactical stand-in engagements that confront aggressor naval forces with an array of low signature, affordable, and risk-worthy platforms and payloads?

 

Submit to gazette@mca-marines.org

The Gen Robert E. Hogaboom 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 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