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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.

The student winners, runners-up and teacher chaperones enjoy a two-day trip to Canberra where they visit several of the capital's museums and institutions and attend the presentation ceremony at Parliament House.

Eight prize-winners will then travel to overseas battlefields for the opportunity of a lifetime!


“How do lesser-known stories from the Western Front expand our understanding of the Australian experience of the First World War?”


The Simpson Prize requires you to respond to the quote and question above using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (which can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/learn/schools/Simpson2021) and your own research.

You are encouraged to agree, debate with 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.

Students who submit winning entries for this year's Simpson Prize will travel in 2021.

CLOSING DATE:  Friday 6 November 2020 - (entries must ARRIVE to HTANSW by this date)
See "Registration & Conditions of Entry" below on how to submit your entries.

MORE DETAILS:  Visit the Simpson Prize website www.simpsonprize.org



  • For the first time, entry submission this year will be electronic to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (More details on the specific process will be available from the Secretariat shortly).
  • Entries must arrive by the closing date of 6 November 2020.
  • 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 from the official Simpson Prize website: http://www.simpsonprize.org/forms-brochures/
  • 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_2021
  • If you wish to receive Certificates of Participation, please download form from the official Simpson Prize website:www.simpsonprize.org
    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
 2019 Simpson Prize Winner Mari Watkins, Roseville College;
Runner-Up Nathan Spencer, SHORE, and HTANSW Chaperone, Francisca Castro



Congratulations to:

NSW WINNER - Luke McNamara, St Aloysius College
NSWRUNNER UP - Jordan Huang, Shore School


For further information and to download your coversheet go to the official Simpson Prize:www.simpsonprize.org

Further queries should be directed to:
The Simpson Prize Secretariat - Natasha Watson
Ph: 02 6162 4460





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