2020 Question

“Allied victory brought an end to war, suffering, and challenges for Australia and its people.”
To what extent do experiences of 1919 support this view?


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.

Your essay must be received by your state coordinator by Friday 8 November 2019 to be eligible.

More information 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 2020

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 NOTE FOR TEACHERS: 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 8 November 2019