The Sidney Prizes

In the United States and Canada, the Sidney Prize is awarded monthly to journalism that illuminates the great issues of our time. From the search for peace and security, to the need for better housing and medical care, to the fight for civil liberties and democracy, the Sidney Prize shines a spotlight on these important topics in traditional and new media.

This year, the prize will be presented to Nazanin Boniadi for her work to turn outrage into action in support of human rights and nonviolence. The prize is a joint award of the Sydney Peace Foundation and the City of Sydney, and previous winners have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Prof Noam Chomsky and Mary Robinson.

Reveal’s investigation of the newest front in voter suppression received the 2022 Sidney Prize for a multiplatform project that includes radio and podcast episodes, a first-of-its-kind database of laws targeting election crimes, a call to voters to share how new state law enforcement efforts are impacting their ability to vote, and more. The story, based on data from LegiScan, a database that catalogs every bill introduced in state legislatures, found that since the 2020 election, lawmakers in all 50 states have proposed more than 100 bills aimed at suppressing votes or expanding law enforcement’s powers to investigate election crimes.

The Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize is open to all writers, with a special consideration for entries that take up the voices or experiences of marginalized identities. Winners receive $5000 and have their stories published in Overland magazine and online, as well as two runners-up who each receive $2500. In addition, winning entries will be given a special subscriber rate for our autumn 2024 issue.

To enter, submit your entry by the end of the month. Your entry may be a single story or a series, and it must be original. Please note that the winner will be announced on the second Wednesday of each month, so it is important to submit by the last day of the previous month.

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) offers the Sidney Hook Memorial Award in memory of a distinguished American philosopher and Phi Beta Kappa member who was committed to the values of scholarship, undergraduate teaching, and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education. The winner of this prestigious award is honored at our annual national conference and awarded a cash prize in the name of Sidney Hook. This prize has been a longstanding goal of the NAS, and it serves as a means of honoring an individual whose work is an example of excellence in each of these areas. It is also a way of recognizing the importance of the work done by scholars to promote science to the general public. The NAS encourages individuals and organizations to nominate scholars for this honor. Nominations are accepted through the Society’s Key Reporter, the National Association of Scholars newsletter and social media. For more information, click the link above.