The Different Types of Sydney Prizes

Every day, individuals all around the world work tirelessly to make a meaningful impactful difference in society. Recognizing and inspiring these exceptional people should be celebrated, and a Sydney Prize is an ideal way to do just that. But it is crucial that applicants understand all its requirements before applying.

The Hillman Prize recognizes journalists who employ investigative reporting to advance social justice. Awarded monthly, it recognizes exceptional work on an injustice issue – past winners include Rose Arce, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ed Yong.

Not only can winners gain financial reward from Sydney prizes, they may also gain prestige and influence within their industry. Winning can help promote businesses or causes as well as open doors to new opportunities – it is essential that you familiarize yourself with each type before applying.

Established in 1997, the Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize is run jointly by Overland magazine and Malcolm Robertson Foundation. First prize is $5,000 with two runners-up receiving $750 each. Judges seek stories with travel themes but which go deeper, probing something deeper or more profound within.

The Sydney Prize in Philosophy was established as part of Professor and Mrs Keith Campbell’s gift in memory of their son to promote metaphysics and epistemology studies at the University of Sydney. Every year after November Examiners Meeting the prize is awarded by recommendation of the School of Philosophy to an essay submission from postgraduate student on this subject matter.

Each year, a panel of literary experts reviews over 300 entries to select the top 10 authors in each category. The winner receives a cash prize and will be featured in both print and digital issues of Overland; runners-ups will also be published.

Yeena Kirkbright won the 2019 Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize with her story ‘Who Rattles the Night? ‘, an unsettling tale from family history. Judges were particularly taken with its strength as an immersive narrative that takes readers on an intimate yet universal journey. This prize was presented at Overland & Neilma Sydney Short Story Awards ceremony on 2 October 2019. Find out more about competition here; Patrick Lenton, Alice Bishop and Sara Saleh served on its judging panel.