Simpson Prize

The Simpson Prize | The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Australian year 9 and 10 students

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia.

Winners of the Simpson Prize travel to overseas battlefields the year after they submit their entry. Thus, winners of the 2017 Prize travel in 2017, winners of the 2018 Prize travel in 2018, and so on.

If you wish to enter the 2018 Simpson Prize, please respond to the question below.


Some historians have described 1917 as “the worst year of the Great War” for Australia and Australians. To what extent is this an accurate statement?


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 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.

Closing date

Submit your entry by Friday 10 November 2017.

Please see the How to Enter section for more details regarding student and teacher entry requirements.

Note: The Winners of this year’s Simpson Prize will travel in 2018.

The competition is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia.

To find out more information please visit

Previous Results

2017 Results

Congratulations to the following Winners and Runners-Up of the 2017 Simpson Prize

Student Name School
Charlotte Matthias  Loreto College Winner
Hillary Thursby St Mary’s College Runner-Up

2016 Results

Congratulations to the following Winners and Runners-Up of the 2016 Simpson Prize

Student name School
Hibra Shujaat Mitcham Girls High School Winner for SA  view essay
Samuel Doering Faith Lutheran College Runner up for SA  view essay


2015 Results

Congratulations to the following Winners and Runners-Up of the 2015 Simpson Prize

 Student name  School
 Daniel Ngyuen  Blackfriars Priory School Winner for SA View Essay
Hibra Shujaat Mitcham Girls’ High School  2015 Runner Up