The Sydney Prize and the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

The Sydney Prize supports leading global voices in peace, justice and nonviolence. Past Laureates include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson and Joseph Stiglitz. Your support will help Laureates continue their vital work for a fairer, more just world.

The Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize is an opportunity for writers to showcase their writing in the company of prestigious publishers and professional editors. First place receives $5000 in prize money, with two runners-up receiving $750 each. The winning story will be published by Overland in our autumn 2024 edition, and the runners-up will have their stories featured online. The judging panel for this year’s competition included Patrick Lenton, Alice Bishop and Sara Saleh.

Established to commemorate Dartmouth College professor Sidney Cox, who was renowned for his literary talent and ability to motivate students towards realizing their dreams. The prize is open to all graduate students demonstrating promise during their first two years and has been used to support a wide array of creative pursuits. The winner is announced during an informal ceremony similar to weekly gatherings that Professor Cox hosted for his students.

For an essay that takes on big issues and is rooted in the best research, the Sidney is one of the highest honors in journalism. Winners have included Hilton Als writing for the New York Times and Ed Yong of The Atlantic, who both won in 2020. Helen Andrews’ “Shame Storm” in First Things was another winner, an amazing description of the viciousness of online conservative criticism.

In memory of one of the founders of Consumer Culture Theory, the annual Sidney J. Levy Award competition is awarded for the best article based on a CCT-oriented dissertation thesis in the preceding year. Authors of dissertation-based articles published in English-language marketing and/or consumer journals are invited to apply.

In 1985, the Taylor Book Award Committee began designating Notable Books (originally called The Best of the Bunch). This list is intended to publicize books that do not win a prize but are still merit worthy. The list is publicized each year at the same time as the winners of the Book Awards and a compilation of Notable Books from 1985-2011 is available for purchase.