On 13 June 1878, with Commander Alfred Thayer Mahan as acting Chair, the Naval Institute adopted rules for the first essay contest — the General Prize Essay Contest. This contest continues to this day.

Currently, the Naval Institute sponsors 14 essay contests.

Current Essay Contests

Essay Contests
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2023 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest

Cosponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and Naval Intelligence Professionals
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