The Sidney Prizes

A sidney prize is an award that recognizes individuals for their contributions to society. It was created as an acknowledgment for those working hard to realize their dreams, and has since become a worldwide symbol of prestige. Winners receive substantial funds that they can use to promote science – particularly biology and medicine – among the general public. Applicants must understand the requirements and rules of each prize to ensure they are applying correctly.

This year, the Society for the History of Technology awarded Bill Rankin its 2017 Sidney Award for his book “After the Map: Cartography, Navigation and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century”. The award is given annually to honor an outstanding work published during the previous year. Previous recipients have included Rose Arce, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ed Yong.

The Sidney Prize is named for the founder of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, who dedicated his life to a better America. The prize is given to journalists who utilize investigative reporting and deep storytelling to address social justice issues. In this way, it is a fitting tribute to the legacy of the founder, who believed in a strong free press as a crucial component for a healthy democracy.

Sidney Perkowitz, a physicist who works on connecting physics to art and culture, has been named this year’s recipient of the Andrew Gemant Memorial Prize for Scientific Communication. The prize, established in 2012 following a donation from Alan W. Mills, is intended to encourage philosophical discussion on the concept of time.

In a world that increasingly reduces everything to short sound bites and 140-character tweets, the Sydney Prize stands athwart technology, yelling stop. It recognizes long-form journalism and thought, encouraging people to take the time to read, think and speak up for their beliefs.

It is a prize that honors the integrity of academic life, and for those who defend it. This year’s winner, Dr Clare Jackson, is a former Sidney student and Junior Research Fellow who has now completed a PhD on royalist ideas in late-seventeenth-century Scotland. She now holds the position of Senior Tutor and Walter Grant Scott Fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

The Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize is open to all Overland readers and subscribers, and is judged blind. Its first prize is $5000, with two runners-up receiving $750 each. The winning story, ‘Who Rattles the Night?’ by Annie Zhang, will be published in Overland’s Summer 2023 edition.

This is the fourth year of the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, which was established to support Master of Moving Image students with the cost of their final project and industry experience. It is supported by Sydney Film Production Company PTY LTD and the University of Sydney. For more information, please visit the website. The closing date for the 2019 prize is 30 April 2019. For full terms and conditions, see the Prize details page. The winner will be notified by email on 15 May 2019. This prize is not transferable to other persons.