The Sidney Prizes

Whether it is for writing or activism, a sidney prize is a way to honor those making an impactful difference for humanity. These awards are given out nationwide, and they help to not only recognize those who are making a difference, but also serve to inspire more people to get involved.

While there are a variety of sidney prizes that can be awarded, it is important to know that each one comes with its own set of rules and eligibility requirements. Those interested in applying should take the time to understand these rules and requirements thoroughly, as it could make or break their chances of winning.

The Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize is an exciting opportunity for students to explore their writing skills and gain recognition from professional publishers. This year, judges have congratulated Yeena Kirkbright on her winning entry, ‘Camperdown Grief Junk’, which will appear in Overland magazine. The judges would like to thank all the authors who were shortlisted, and wish them every success in their writing careers.

This prize was established in 1991 to honor the memory of Professor Sidney Hook, a Phi Beta Kappa member and a distinguished scholar in the fields of philosophy and political science. This award reflects the national distinction that Hook achieved in his scholarship, undergraduate teaching and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education.

There are countless individuals across the globe who are working tirelessly to make a positive change, but their efforts may go unnoticed by some. The sidney prize is an innovative way to honor those who are making a difference, while simultaneously inspiring others to follow their lead.

Each year, the Hillman Foundation awards grants to writers, journalists and public figures who pursue investigative journalism in service of the common good. Past winners of the prize include the New York Times’ groundbreaking investigation of Haiti’s colonial debt, ProPublica’s expose on private corporations that profit from incarceration, and More Perfect Union’s agenda-setting videos that highlight corporate greed.

The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are decided on a national basis and each nomination is considered by a Judging Committee. While past achievement is a major consideration, the judging panel also looks at an individual’s potential to continue their contribution to Australian society through the performing arts into the future.

Art history major Sophia Jactel (B.A. ’20) has won the Sidney Thomas Prize for her research paper on Josef Israels’ print “Domesticity and Diversions.” Her research will contribute to an exhibition this Fall examining domesticity in nineteenth-century art. She joins fellow students from Syracuse University who won the prize in previous years, including Sarah Morris and Judith Hoffberg. Read more about the prize and its criteria here. Sign up to receive winner announcements, Calls for Entries and Sidney’s Picks.