The Sidney Prize and the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

The Sydney Prize is given to people who have made a significant impact on society. It is a way of recognising their efforts and motivating others to do the same. It is important to understand the requirements and criteria before applying for a sidney prize.

In order to perpetuate the generative influence that Sidney Cox exerted upon his students in and out of his classes, a group of his friends has solicited funds for an annual award for the undergraduate work which best approximates the high standards of originality and integrity which he set both for himself and for his students. About $1500 has been raised to date, but a much larger sum is required to establish the fund on a solidly permanent basis. Letters are being sent to those on the original list and it is hoped that contributions from others interested in this cause will be forthcoming. The committee is grateful for all assistance in this matter. Contributions may be sent to 1 Occom Ridge, Hanover, N.H.

This month, the Sydney Prize honors investigative journalism with a focus on public policy issues. The winner receives $500, a bottle of union-made wine and a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel. The winner will be announced on the second Wednesday of each month.

Each year, the Sydney Peace Foundation honours a leading global voice that promotes peace with justice and nonviolence. This year, the Sydney Prize was awarded to Nazanin Boniadi, who has dedicated her career to fighting for women’s rights in Iran. The prize is a great opportunity for Nazanin to turn outrage into action.

The Hillman Foundation has been awarding the Sidney Award since 1950 to journalists who pursue “investigative reporting and deep storytelling in the public interest.” Past winners include Jane Mayer for her work on Dick Cheney and the Bush Administration’s violations of domestic and international law; Bill Moyers and Kathleen Hughes for their Journal broadcast on “Buying the War,” which exposed how the US military was being sold; and Spike Lee and Sam Pollard for their documentary on how low-income taxpayer clinics helped Americans avoid paying taxes they owed.

For 2024, the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize is open to all Australian writers who haven’t previously won a Sydney Prize. The winning story will be published in Overland’s autumn issue and the runners-up will each be awarded $750. This year’s judges are Hilton Als writing for The New York Times and Ed Yong writing for The Atlantic.

In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, if your entry takes up the voice or experience of a marginalised community or identity, please let us know. You can do this in the box provided on the submission form. Our judges will be aware of your response, but it will only be visible to internal editors. Alternatively, you can send us a separate email.