The Sidney Prize and the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

In honor of a Dartmouth professor whose passion and encouragement inspired thousands of students inside and outside his classes, the Sidney Prize recognizes undergraduate writing that best meets his high standards of originality and integrity. Sophia Jactel of Art History won the prize this year for her paper titled “Domesticity and Diversions: Josef Israels’ Smoker as a Symbol of Peasant Culture and Home in Nineteenth-Century Holland.”

The Sidney Hillman Foundation awards monthly Hillman Prizes to investigative journalism that fosters human well-being. The foundation has been honoring journalists since 1950, including Jane Mayer for her investigation into Dick Cheney’s violations of domestic and international law; Bill Moyers and Kathleen Hughes for their Journal’s broadcast on the “Buying the War” scandal; and Spike Lee and Sam Pollard for their film on Hurricane Katrina.

This month, the Foundation selected Nicole Carr’s story for ProPublica titled “White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then They Followed Her to the Next One.” It’s an important look at the dangers of hypersensitivity in our schools – and it also exposes the way some teachers are subjected to abuse at the hands of their own parents.

The 2023 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, hosted by Overland and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, seeks powerful fiction loosely themed around ‘travel.’ The winner receives $5000 and publication in Overland; two runners-up will each receive $750. The judges rose to the challenge of selecting a winner from over 400 entries and our editors are excited to announce the final list.

Nazanin Boniadi of Iran was awarded the 2023 Sydney Peace Prize in a ceremony at Sydney Town Hall. The prize recognizes her commitment to women’s rights, and she is the first Iranian-born woman to win it.

In addition to the monthly Sidney Prizes, the Hillman Foundation also awards annual Hillman prizes in the U.S and Canada. The call for 2024 submissions is now open.

Founded in 1946, the Hillman Foundation honors left-of-center journalists and writers who pursue a life of ethical inquiry to further humanity. It is named in memory of Sidney Hillman, president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (an early predecessor of Unite Here and Workers United, SEIU). The foundation’s board includes left-leaning activist Danny Glover. The Hillman Foundation selection committee consists of esteemed scholars in their fields. In addition to the Hillman Prizes, the foundation also awards a variety of monetary fellowships for academic research. For more information, visit the Hillman Foundation website.