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
Naval Intelligence Essay Contest 2021

2021 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest

Cosponsored by the Naval Institute and Naval Intelligence Professionals
The Challenge ADVANTAGE AT SEA, the new tri-service maritime strategy, is clear -- victory hinges on decision advantage. Its description of intelligence, however, is...