Leatherneck Magazine Submission Guidelines


For Feature Writers

For Book Reviewers

For Photographers

For Reader Assistance Entries

For Reunion Entries

For Mail Call Entries


     Feature Writers:


    • We encourage writers who have a Marine Corps background to submit articles. It is best to query first. Material is reviewed on a speculative basis.
       
    • Since Leatherneck is a magazine published primarily for U.S. Marines, all of our material must be targeted accordingly.
       
    • Our usual requirements for articles are 1,500 to 2,000 words, accompanied by 8 to 10 color or black and white photographs, or illustrations and maps where appropriate, with complete caption information. We reserve the right to edit in order to meet space limitations or magazine format criteria.
       
    • All articles must be accurate, with the writer having checked the spelling of names and places as well as having checked all dates, numbers, etc. We do not publish fiction or personal vignettes.
       
    • Manuscripts, artwork or photographs should be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
       
    • Our audience is highly varied, ranging from potential (high-school-age) recruits to active-duty personnel, former Marines, retirees of all ages and recruits' parents and spouses.
       
    • Our theme is the Marine Corps: "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," and we endeavor to include history, current events and forward-looking stories in each issue.
       
    • The publishers of Leatherneck assume no responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts, drawings or photographs.
       
    • Article submissions must be double-spaced and may be sent to us via mail addressed to:

      Editor
      Leatherneck Magazine
      Box 1775
      Quantico, VA 22134

       

    • Submission on a computer disk is appreciated and facilitates our editing.
       
    • Article submissions also may be sent via e-mail to: leatherneck@mca-marines.org.
       
    • Query first on all submissions, except poetry. The publishers assume no responsibility for the return of poetry.
       
    • Leatherneck sponsors the annual Ronald D. Lyons writing award for active-duty Marine sergeants and below. The magazine will pay $500 to the winner of the award, given for the best news or feature story to appear in Leatherneck during the contest year.
       
    • Call (800) 336-0291, Ext. 115 for more information.

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     Book Reviewers


    • Our usual requirement for book reviews is 300 to 750 words.
       
    • Check with the editor in advance to determine whether a review is desired.
    • Book review submissions must be double-spaced and may be sent to us via mail addressed to:

      Editor
      Leatherneck Magazine
      Box 1775
      Quantico, VA 22134

       

    • Submission on a computer disk is appreciated and facilitates our editing.
       
    • Book review submissions also may be sent via e-mail to: leatherneck@mca-marines.org.
    • Please be sure to include the book's author, publisher (including city), ISBN, year of publication, number of pages and cost of the book.
    • Call (800) 336-0291, Ext. 115 for more information.

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     Photographers:


    Leatherneck accepts photography from both military and civilian photographers. Color slides, prints and digital images are preferred. Black and white images also are acceptable.

    Digital: Files should be at least 5x7 at 300 resolution or higher and saved in TIFF or JPEG format. (All files will be converted to TIFF or EPS format and saved as CMYK files.)

    Cover: For best results, image should measure 8 1/2" x 11" (300 resolution if digital). Remember to leave space at the top of your proposed cover image (illustration, painting or photograph) for the Leatherneck logo. Action should be from left to right or centered.

    Send digital photographs on a compact disk with appropriate caption and photo ID to:

    Editor
    Leatherneck Magazine
    Box 1775
    Quantico, VA 22134

    -OR- email them to: leatherneck@mca-marines.org.

    Awards: Leatherneck sponsors two art awards, both named in honor of former staff members. The Tom Bartlett Award is a $1,000 cash prize given to any active-duty Marine photographer or artist whose submitted picture or artwork is selected for the cover of the magazine and deemed the best of that contest year. The Lou Lowery Award is a $500 cash prize given for the best photograph taken by an active-duty sergeant or below to appear inside Leatherneck during the contest year. Call (800) 336-0291, Ext. 115 for more information.

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     Reader Assistance entries:


    Reader Assistance entries may be sent via email to: leatherneck@mca-marines.org.

    Examples:

    John Doe, 1234 Freedom Rd., Anytown, VA 11111, (555) 555-1234, johndoe(at)e-mailaddress.com, wants a recruit graduation book for Plt 123, Parris Island, 1950.

    or,

    John Doe, 1234 Freedom Rd., Anytown, VA 11111, (555) 555-1234, johndoe(at)e-mailaddress.com, has uniform items and unit patches for sale.

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     Reunion entries:


    Reunion entries may be sent via email to: leatherneck@mca-marines.org.

    Example:

    1stMarDiv Assn., Sept. 10-12, Reuniontown, Calif. Contact John Doe, 1234 Freedom Rd., Anytown, VA 11111, (555) 555-1234, johndoe(at)e-mailaddress.com.

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    Mail Call entries (At a minimum, always include a complete mailing address):


    Mail Call entries may be sent via email to: leatherneck@mca-marines.org.

    Examples:

    John Doe, 1234 Freedom Rd., Anytown, VA 11111, (555) 555-1234, johndoe(at)e-mailaddress.com, to hear from members of Plt 123, Parris Island, 1950.

    or,

    John Doe, 1234 Freedom Rd., Anytown, VA 11111, (555) 555-1234, johndoe(at)e-mailaddress.com, to hear from Sgt Bill SMITH, stationed at MCAS, Miramar, Calif., 1980.

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