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
2022 Fiction Essay Contest

2022 Fiction Essay Contest

Cosponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and CIMSEC
Fiction is a powerful tool for testing hypotheticals and imagining other worlds as a means of examining our own.