A Sidney Prize is a special award that honours people who make significant contributions to society, acknowledging their hard work while inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. There are various types of Sidney Prizes awarded based on specific fields (writing or science) or more general criteria – those interested in receiving one should research what requirements need to be fulfilled for their prize before entering it in competition.
The SS Sydney Prize, named in honour of columnist and philosopher Sidney Hook, recognizes authors whose writing sheds light on issues that impact politics or culture. Established by The New York Times since 2004, past recipients include Amanda Hess’ essay on online sexism as well as Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay discussing America’s origins as plunder and white democracy that led to inequality and racism.
Another prestigious Sydney Prize, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize is awarded to poets for outstanding achievements. A panel of judges select the recipient based on quality of work and how well it meets criteria; winners receive $2000 as well as having their poem published in Sydney Prize Anthology.
Also offered in Sydney are writing prizes like the Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize. Winners receive $5,000 and will have their story published both in Overland magazine and its website; 2022’s winner was Yeena Kirkbright for her story Camperdown Grief Junk judged by Laura Elvery, Paige Clark, and Michael Winkler.
Other noteworthy Sydney prizes include the Hillman Prize, which is a monthly journalism award that recognises journalists and authors who champion social justice and public policy for the common good. It pays a fitting homage to late scientist Charles Hillman (a champion of liberal education principles who believed scientific results should be shared widely). Furthermore, this prize aims to foster free speech while combatting any form of discrimination towards those with differing opinions.
There are also other Sydney Prizes dedicated to film, including the Event Cinemas Rising Talent Award given annually to an NSW filmmaker who has demonstrated exceptional skill in short filmmaking. Robyn Liu won this prize in 2023 for her short film Balloon Man. For more information about the different Sydney Prizes available, visit their official website. This site features a breakdown of prize money available as well as any changes year-to-year, as well as film-related articles and features that should make this an indispensable read for movie buffs and television viewers alike. Plus! They even have an email newsletter you can sign up for so you’re always up-to-date on all their latest news from Sydney Prize.