The Sidney Prize For Socially-Conscious Journalism

The Sydney Prize is awarded annually by the Hillman Foundation to outstanding socially-conscious journalism that fosters social and economic justice. The prize honors the legacy of the late Sidney Hillman, a leader of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), who championed the rights of working people. Hillman left his estate to the Foundation, which has for more than six decades illuminated critical issues that affect Americans and seeks equitable solutions. The 2020 winners include Hilton Als’ essay on online sexism, Ed Yong’s piece on Medicare cuts, and The New York Times’ coverage of the UAW’s fight against corporate greed.

Winners are recognized at the annual Awards Gala and receive a beautiful mesmeric swirl award designed and made in Sydney by Dinosaur Designs. They also have the opportunity to be featured in a Sydney Festival media release and to appear on our website.

This prize is awarded to the student who, in the opinion of the Head of Linguistics, shows the greatest proficiency in third or fourth year Linguistics units of study. The student must be enrolled as a major in the Linguistics program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

The prize is named in honour of Professor Sidney Cox who was known for his literary talents and ability to motivate students towards realizing their dreams. It is intended to encourage undergraduate writing which meets the high standard of originality and integrity that he set for his teaching and for his work as a writer. The essay submitted must be an original undergraduate paper on any topic. The paper can be any genre of writing, from a research project to a short story and can be written in any language.

In order to be considered for the prize, students should submit a work of fiction that explores the theme ‘travel’ in its broadest sense. The judges, Patrick Lenton, Alice Bishop and Sara Saleh, have selected a shortlist of eight pieces from the submissions, and will select a winning essay, as well as two runners-up.

Each of the top 10 golfers will receive a share of the prize money. However, unlike other tournaments where the prize money is divided by gender, the TPS Sydney will see male and female golfers play from scaled tees to ensure that they have a fair chance of winning.

This prize is based on the results of the final assessment of an individual’s thesis or dissertation submitted for consideration as part of their course of study at the University of Sydney. The prize is open to all graduate students in any field of study. The winner is to be notified within five business days of the competition closing date and will be invited to attend the Prize Ceremony. All other finalists will be presented with a Certificate of Merit. This prize is kindly supported by the Mandelbaum Trust Fund. For more information about this prize, please visit the Prize Submission Portal.