The Pioneer Essay Contest was held annually from 1958 until 2012 and was open to anyone writing on subjects of Santa Clara County history. The contest was reintroduced in 2019, and the revised rules for the 2020 contest will be announced soon. We’re working to make the contest easier and more fun to enter!
Some of the best essays are published in our quarterly journal, The Trailblazer, and all winning essays are maintained on file in the Mary Lou Lyon Research Library, and in the California Room of the Martin Luther King/San Jose State Library.
Soon we will have all past essay contest entries and winners available online – watch this space for updates!