There are countless individuals worldwide working hard to make an impactful difference, and it’s important that their efforts are recognised. A sidney prize is a way to do this, as it honours those who are making a positive difference while also inspiring others to join in. There are many different types of sidney prizes, so it’s crucial that you research them thoroughly to ensure that you’re applying for the correct one.
In the field of arts, there are a number of different sidney prizes available. Some are awarded on a national basis, while others are decided by specific organisations. Whether you’re interested in poetry or art, there’s sure to be a sidney prize that’s perfect for you.
The Sydney peace prize is an award that honors people who have promoted “peace with justice”, human rights and non-violence. This year, it was awarded to Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi for their work with the Black Lives Matter movement, founded after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in 2013.
There are also several sidney prizes for science. For example, the Hillman Sydney Prize rewards journalists and authors who write about issues that have a significant impact on politics and culture. This prize has been given out since 2004, and past winners include Amanda Hess for her article on online sexism and William Zinser for his piece about student hypersensitivity that prevents them from adapting to real-life situations.
Additionally, there are sidney prizes for history. The Sydney Jewish Museum, for instance, offers a number of awards that recognise the best research on Holocaust history using their collections and library. Similarly, the University of Wisconsin’s annual Iwanter Prize honours graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in humanities-based scholarship. In addition to a senior thesis, candidates must submit a personal essay and complete service activities as part of their application process.
Those who are studying for an advanced degree can also apply for sidney prizes in their field of study. The SS Sydney Hook Memorial Award, for example, is awarded to Phi Beta Kappa scholars who demonstrate national distinction in scholarship and undergraduate teaching. It was created in memory of a former member who was dedicated to the principles of liberal education.
In addition to these, there are a number of other sidney prizes that can be won by writers and journalists. For example, the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award honours those who have written about their research on historical subjects. Several Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award winners have gone on to publish their works, and books that have won the prize can carry a special seal of approval.
Overland is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize: Yeena Kirkbright, with her evocative and moving story “Camperdown Grief Junk.” Congratulations to all the authors who made the final shortlist, and thank you to all our readers for their support of this prize. We would like to thank the judges – Laura Elvery, Paige Clark and Michael Winkler – for their commitment to a blind judging process and their dedication to the integrity of this contest.