The Simpson Prize

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia.

One winner and one runner-up from each State and Territory entering in 2022 will participate in a three-day program in Canberra in early 2023. Winning students will also travel to key historical and commemorative site/s across Australia noting that the final itinerary is subject to confirmation.*

* Subject to COVID19 restrictions


“How significant was Australia’s contribution to the Allied military victory on the Western Front in 1918?”

Closing Date: 4 November 2022 

NOTE: The Simpson Prize is named for the year that winning students will 'travel'.
That is, students will enter in 2022 for "2023 Simpson Prize".

For more information visit the Simpson Prize website:


The Simpson Prize requires you to respond to the quote and question above using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection and your own research.

  • You are encouraged to agree, debate or challenge the statement from a variety of perspectives – individual, national and global – and to use sources in a variety of forms
  • You are expected to make effective use of a minimum of three of the sources provided (see link above)
  • Up to half of your response should also make use of information drawn from your own knowledge and research
  • Entry submission must arrive by the closing date of 4 November 2022.
  • Students who submit winning entries for this year's Simpson Prize will travel in 2023

Further Information

Further queries should be directed to:

The Simpson Prize Secretariat - Natasha Watson
Ph: 02 6162 4460

Registration & Conditions of Entry

  • Teachers should select up to 3 entries per school to submit (NB unlimited entry is permitted at the school level)
  • Entry Cover Form needs to be completed for each entry and attached to the entry prior to submission (coversheets can be downloaded here)
  • Do not write your name, school or teacher on any page or any copy of your entry
  • Teachers should save student files with the following naming convention: 
    NSW_[STUDENT SURNAME]_[Student FirstName]_SPstudent_2022
  • If you wish to receive Certificates of Participation, please download form from the official Simpson Prize website
  • Return your form to Simpson Prize Secretariat (details avail. from their website)
  • A teacher from each state will also be required to accompany the winning students as a chaperone

2022 Simpson Prize Winners

That is, students who entered the Simpson Prize Competition in 2021.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Simpson Prize!

NSW Winner

Mia Luu

The McDonald College

NSW Runner Up

Lana Marsic

Mercy Catholic College

2019 Simpson Prize
Winner: Mari Watkins, Roseville College;
Runner-Up: Nathan Spencer, SHORE; and
HTANSW Chaperone: Francisca Castro