A Sydney Prize is an award given out annually to recognize those making an impactful contribution to humanity, such as writing, activism or science. These prizes serve both to honor these individuals for their hard work while encouraging others to follow in their footsteps. There are various types of sidney prizes that exist and awards can depend on factors like nationality, type of work being done and any special requirements needed to fulfill the award criteria.
The Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize offers young writers the chance to explore their talent and have their stories published by professional publishers. Sponsored by Overland magazine and the Neilma Sidney Foundation, students can use this exciting competition as an exciting chance to write about something they care about – winning stories will appear in June 2022 issue of Overland; runners-up stories may also be published online.
Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi of Black Lives Matter were awarded this year’s Sydney Prize in recognition of their exemplary human rights advocacy and promotion of nonviolence. Through Black Lives Matter they have helped raise awareness of racial inequality issues within America as a result.
Sidney Iwanter, the inaugural winner of the SS Sydney Prize, was an accomplished Phi Beta Kappa scholar and professor of history at UW-Madison. Committed to liberal education principles, he used his knowledge to document and preserve teachings of previous generations – even secretly recording his professors’ lectures before giving these “bootlegs” away to Harvey Goldberg Center as donations.
The Sidney Hillman Prize honors journalists and authors who pursue social justice through public policy that benefits their local community. This monthly journalism award honors journalists and writers who demonstrate an ardent dedication to civil liberty, democracy and fighting discrimination on grounds of race, nationality or religion. Paying our sincerest respects to a late scientist and advocate of liberal education principles, this event pays a fitting ode to his memory while encouraging quality work from journalists across all industries and encouraging more individuals to enter journalism as careers themselves. There is a range of other sidney prizes, from business awards to scientific honors, that can be presented both state and nationally. Consider taking time to research all requirements before applying for a Sydney prize, to ensure they meet all necessary criteria without issue. Once this step has been taken, submitting an application should go smoothly – good luck!