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    The Sydney Prize and Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

    The Sydney Prize honours scientists who have written about issues that impact public life. The prize is bestowed by New York Times columnist David Brooks and was first awarded in 2004. Winners are chosen monthly and receive a $500 honorarium. Nominations are due by the last day of each month, and the winner is announced on the second Wednesday of the following month. In the past, winners have included Amanda Hess for her article on online sexism and Sheila Goldberg for her piece on student hypersensitivity which prevents them from adapting well to real-life environments.

    The Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize is a literary competition that is run by Overland magazine and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. The prize is open to writers worldwide, and it seeks outstanding pieces of short fiction of up to 3000 words that are themed loosely around the notion of travel. The judges, Patrick Lenton, Alice Bishop and Sara Saleh, reviewed over 500 entries to select a shortlist and two runners-up, who will have their stories published in Overland.

    Those who are interested in entering the contest can purchase a subscription to Overland that will give them discounted entry and access to daily online magazine articles. The subscription also includes four print editions of the magazine and invitations to subscriber events, opportunities and giveaways.

    Another option for those who are interested in winning the Sydney Prize is to sign up for a free trial membership with the website, where they can try out the software and see if it is a good fit for them. Once they have signed up for a free trial, they will be able to use the software for a month and decide if they want to continue with it.

    The Sidney Hook Memorial Award is given annually by the Phi Beta Kappa Society to a scholar of national distinction in three areas: scholarship, undergraduate teaching and leadership in the advancement of liberal arts education. Nominations for the award are made by the Society’s national committees and are published in the Key Reporter and the General Newsletter a year and a half before each Triennial Council meeting.

    The winner of the Sydney Prize will be selected in September 2020 and announced at the annual meeting of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian Society for Population Studies in October of that year. The prize is named in honor of Sydney Hook, a longtime member of the American Philosophical Association and Phi Beta Kappa, who was a prominent advocate for civil rights and social reform. He was a leader in the Baltimore community and served on the board of several private philanthropic organizations. He is credited with helping to secure equal rights for African Americans. His family established the Sidney Hollander Scholarship Fund in his memory. The scholarship provides financial support to graduate students in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland. The scholarship is funded by private donations from friends and family.