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.

Congratulations to the Winners and Runners-up of the 2015 Simpson Prize. Please visit our results page for full details. You can view the 2015 Simpson Prize Awards here; 2015 Simpson Prize Awards video.

2017 Simpson Prize Question

2017 Question

“The experience of Australian soldiers on the Western Front in 1916 has been largely overlooked in accounts of World War One.”

To what extent would you argue that battles such as Fromelles and Pozières should feature more prominently in accounts of World War One?


The Simpson Prize requires students to respond to the question using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (please click the link) and their own research. It is expected that students will make effective use of a minimum of 3 of the sources. It is also expected that up to half of their response will make use of information drawn from their own knowledge and research.

Information about word or time limits, the closing date, entry forms and judging can be found on the Forms and Brochures Page

Note: students who submit winning entries for this year’s Simpson Prize question will travel in 2017.

 Word and Time Limits for Entries

Essay word limit:1200-1500 words, not including supplementary information such as a contents page, references, bibliography and appendices.

Audio Visual Presentation word and time limit: No more than 10 minutes accompanied by a written explanation of up to 400 words.

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

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

(Photos courtesy of Mark Graham and David Hall © 2013/2014)