Calling For Submissions to the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest


Deadline: 1 Jan. to 30 May

The annual Chase Prize Essay Contest invites articles that challenge conventional wisdom by proposing change to a current Marine Corps directive, policy, custom, or practice. To qualify, entries must propose and argue for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps. Authors must have strength in their convictions and be prepared for criticism from those who would defend the status quo. That is why the prizes are called Boldness and Daring Awards.


Prizes include $3,000 and an engraved plaque for first place, $1,500 and an engraved plaque for second place, and $500 for honorable mention. All entries are eligible for publication.

The contest is named for the late MajGen Harold W. Chase who believed that the Marine Corps’ strength and its usefulness to the country stemmed in large measure from its intellectual openness and from its ability to accept change. The Chase Contest was established in keeping with this philosophy. The monetary prizes are funded by support from Observer Media Group as well as continued support from the Chase family.


  • The contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.
  • Manuscripts should be typewritten, double spaced, and range in length from 1,500–2,000 words.
  • The text should be in Microsoft Word format and include a cover page with the title of the essay, author’s name and mailing address, and identification of the essay as a Chase Contest Entry.
  • The author’s name should not appear anywhere but on that cover page, but repeat the title on the first page of the essay.
  • Multiple entries are allowed; however, only one entry will receive an award. 
  • The Marine Corps Gazette Editorial Panel will evaluate and select the winning essay.
  • All entrants will be notified about the outcome of their entry.

Entries may be submitted via e-mail to