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 Short Fiction Essay Contest

2020 Fiction Essay Contest

Cosponsored by the Naval Institute and CIMSEC
The Challenge Fiction has long served as a powerful means for exploring hypotheticals and envisioning alternatives. CIMSEC and the U.S. Naval Institute have partnered to...
2020 Information Warfare Essay Contest

2020 Information Warfare Essay Contest

Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton
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