The Different Types of Sidney Prizes

There are countless people worldwide who are working hard to make a difference. This is why it’s important for them to be recognized by their peers and the community, which can be done through a sidney prize. These prizes help honor individuals for their efforts while simultaneously inspiring others to join in the fight for a better world. There are many different types of sidney prizes that may be awarded, and each one comes with its own set of requirements.

The Hillman Prize, created in 1950, honors journalists “who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in the public interest.” It is named in honor of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America President Sidney Hillman, who fought for a better America and a progressive industrial democracy. In addition to the $5,000 cash award, winners receive a bottle of union-made wine and a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel.

Physicist Sidney Perkowitz has received the 2023 Andrew Gemant Prize, recognizing his work connecting art and the media to science. His bestselling books, lectures, and appearances on television have helped bridge the gap between physics and popular culture, drawing audiences that would otherwise be uninterested in a field often viewed as cold and sterile.

George Packer’s 2014 piece about Angela Merkel, titled “The Quiet German,” won a Sidney Award for best magazine essay. In it, Packer paints a portrait of Germany’s leader not as a charismatic hero on horseback, but as a meticulous, practical plodder who works tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve the world’s goals.

Each year, the Consumer Culture Theory (CCT) journal publishes a “Sidney Levy” award competition for the best dissertation-based article in CCT or related theoretical areas. The winning article will be awarded a $1,000 prize, while the winner of an honorable mention will receive $500. The winning article is selected by a committee of editors.

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Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

The Neilma Sidney Short Story prize offers young writers an exciting opportunity to write about something they care about while being recognized by professional publishers. The competition is sponsored by Overland magazine and the Neilma Sidney Foundation, with first place receiving $5000 and two runners-up each receiving $1500. Interested writers can take out a new subscription to Overland at the special subscriber rate and then submit their work for consideration. The winning story will be published in Overland’s autumn issue in 2024. Runners-up stories will be published online. For full details on how to enter, click here. The deadline is Wednesday, October 24, 2017. Good luck!