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 https://www.awm.gov.au/learn/schools/simpson-prize) 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.
Your essay must be received by your state coordinator by Friday 10 November 2017 to be eligible.
More information about word or time limits, 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 2018.
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.
IMPORTANT: Please submit three (3) hard-copy duplicate copies of each entry, with each one accompanied by a hard-copy duplicate official Cover Sheet. Your State Affiliate will not accept electronic or faxed entries.
Send to your State or Territory Coordinator by the closing date, Friday 10 November 2017.