The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students that focuses on the service of Australians in World War I. One winner and one runner-up from each State and Territory will attend a briefing program in Canberra in early 2021. Winning students and teachers of the 2021 Simpson Prize will travel to key historic sites overseas*. For more information go to The Prize page.

* Subject to COVID19 restrictions

2021 Simpson Prize Competition


“How do lesser known stories from the Western Front expand our understanding of the Australian experience of the First World War?”


The Simpson Prize requires you to respond to the question above using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (which can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/learn/schools/Simpson2021 and your own research.

You are encouraged to discuss and respond to the question from a variety of perspectives, both individual and national using a variety of sources.

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.

Schools are permitted to submit up to 3 Student Entries.

Closing date
Submit your entry by Friday 6 November 2020 (5.30pm)

Students: Please go to Student Entry Requirements before beginning your entry.
Teachers:  Teachers who are submitting student entries are eligible to become a teacher chaperone for Simpson Prize activities, please go to Teacher Chaperone Entry Requirements for details.

Note: Winners will participate in Simpson Prize activities in 2021

How to submit completed entries is found at How to submit entries

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