Writer's Guidelines

Our basic policy is to fulfill the stated purpose of the Marine Corps Gazette by providing a forum for open discussion and a free exchange of ideas relating to the U.S. Marine Corps and military capabilities. The Marine Corps Gazette welcomes material in the following categories:

Commentary on Published Material:

Submit promptly. Comments normally appear as letters (see below) 3 months after published material. BE BRIEF.

Feature Articles:

Normally 2,000 to 3,000 words, dealing with topics of major significance. Manuscripts must be DOUBLE SPACED. Ideas must be backed up by hard facts. Evidence must be presented to support logical conclusions. In the case of articles that criticize, constructive suggestions are sought. Footnotes are not necessary, but a list of any source materials used is helpful.

Ideas and Issues:

Short articles, normally 750 to 1,500 words. This section can include the full gamut of professional topics so long as treatment of the subject is brief and concise. Again, please DOUBLE SPACE all manuscripts.

Letters:

E-mail submissions to gazette@mca-marines.org are preferred. Limited to 200 words or less and DOUBLE SPACED. As in most magazines, letters to the editor are an important clue as to how well or poorly ideas are being received. Letters are an excellent way to correct factual mistakes, reinforce ideas, outline opposing points of view, identify problems, and suggest factors or important considerations that have been overlooked in previous Marine Corps Gazette articles. The best letters are sharply focused on one or two specific points.

Book Reviews:

Prefer 300 to 750 words and DOUBLE SPACED. It is a good idea to check with the editor in advance to determine if a review is desired. Please be sure to include the book’s author, publisher (including city), year of publication, number of pages, and cost of the book.

The best advice is to write the way you talk. Organize your thoughts. Cut out excess words. Short is better than long.

Submissions:

E-mail submissions are preferred. Attach the article in Microsoft Word format.

Photographs and illustrations should be in TIFF, JPG, or EPS format (300 DPI, 5x7 inches, color preferred) and must not be embedded in the article. Please attach photos and illustrations separately. Photos should contain a photo credit of the photographer, and illustrations should include source information. (You may indicate in the text of the article where the photos are to be placed.)

Include the author’s full name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

E-mail submissions are preferred. Submissions may also be sent via regular mail and should include one hard copy of the manuscript and a CD with the manuscript in Microsoft Word format. Please follow the same instructions for format, photographs, and contact information contained above.

Submit material for review to gazette@mca-marines.org, or by mail to:

Marine Corps Gazette
Box 1775

Quantico, VA 22134

Queries may be directed to the Gazette’s editorial staff at 800–336–0291, ext. 144.