2022 Essay Contest

The Camp Pendleton Historical Society (CPHS) is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Historical Essay Contest for full-time students enrolled in colleges or universities located in Orange, Riverside, or San Diego counties.  

Scope.  The essay is limited to history of the land now known as Camp Pendleton. This includes the pre-history (archeology) of the land, its native American occupants, the Spanish exploration and mission era, the rancho era, and the history of the Camp as a significant cultural and economic institution in San Diego County since 1942.  Not included in the essay scope is the history of any military units (Marine Corps, Navy, Army, others) based at Camp Pendleton.

Essay Length.  Essays are limited to 5,000 words (not including graphic captions, numbered end notes, and bibliography).

Prizes.  1st Place – $1,000 / 2nd Place – $500  


  • A letter application for entry into the contest is required and must contain the student’s name, address, college/university name, essay area of interest, and tentative title.  This letter application must be emailed to and received no later than March 31, 2022 to be eligible for the contest.
  • The essay must be submitted (as an attachment) via email ( no later than Aug. 31, 2022.

Contest Details.  Essay rules, deadlines, and judging criteria are contained in the flyer which can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

Flyer – CPHS 2022 Essay Contest


  • Send an email to and place “Essay Contest” in the Subject line of your email. 
  • If you would prefer to talk to someone about the essay contest versus sending an email, please contact Michael Kelley at (760) 207-8940.