The Sidney Prize and the Neilma Sydney Prize

There are numerous people around the world working hard to make an impactful difference in society. These individuals deserve to be recognized and inspired by others. A sidney prize can be a great way to do just that. However, these prizes come with their own set of rules and requirements that must be met before winning one. It is wise for anyone who is interested in applying to become familiar with these rules.

The Hillman Foundation awards the Sidney Prize to journalists who engage in investigative reporting and deep storytelling for the common good. Past winners include book non-fiction pieces, newspaper pieces (non-fiction and opinion analysis journalism), and photojournalism.

Winners of the Sidney Prize receive significant financial assistance as well as a global symbol of prestige. They can use this award to promote science in their communities and globally. This can be done by teaching children scientific concepts, encouraging them to pursue careers in science, and helping them to develop new technologies that benefit humanity as a whole.

Since its founding in 2022, the Neilma Sydney Prize has awarded a writer $5000 in prize money and publication in Overland magazine. Two runners-up each received $750. This year, judges of the Neilma Sydney Prize looked for stories loosely themed around travel and that offer something beyond just a description of place or landscape.

In a field where everything shrinks, long-form writing continues to rise in popularity and prominence. In recent years, Sidney Awards have celebrated some of the best in this genre, including Hilton Als writing for The New York Times and Ed Yong writing for The Atlantic. But what is the nature of this trend? What does it tell us about our era?

Unlike the more common media coverage of sports, crime and politics, the work of a journalist awarded a sidney prize tends to focus on social issues. This has included promoting human rights and combatting gender discrimination, civil liberties and democracy promotion as well as shedding light on corruption and injustice.

In honor of the late Dartmouth Professor Sidney Cox who had an immense impact on students both inside and outside his classroom, The Sidney Prize was established to recognize undergraduate writing that best meets his high standards of originality and integrity. The prize is presented during Phi Beta Kappa’s Triennial Council Meeting. Past recipients have been novelists, historians, political commentators, literary critics and scholars, art history students, business people, lawyers and activists. The prize also has honored a poet, a linguist, an archibald portrait painter, a film director, and a 1928 Grand National winner. In addition to announcing the winner, the Prize Committee will provide a short essay and a video on the significance of the prize. This video will be shown at the annual awards ceremony.