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
2020 General Prize Essay Contest

2020 General Prize Essay Contest

Funded by Andrew and Barbara Taylor
Deadline
The National Defense Strategy says we have to pursue "urgent change at significant scale." Do we have the right culture to embrace it?
2020 Information Warfare Essay Contest

2020 Information Warfare Essay Contest

Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton
Deadline
The Nation’s adversaries and competitors are proving to be formidable in the digital battlespace—using online platforms, social media, malicious code, disinformation, and cyberattacks to undermine...

Current Photo Contests