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 participate in a three-day program in Canberra in early 2023. Winning students will also travel to key historical and commemorative site/s across Australia noting that the final itinerary is subject to confirmation.* Subject to COVID19 restrictions


The Simpson Prize Advisory Committee will like to congratulate the successful students in the 2022 Simpson Prize as follows:

2022 Winners
Essays can be accessed by clicking on the student’s name
Australian Capital Territory Lucy Yang-Tobler, Canberra High School
New South Wales Mia Luu, The McDonald College
Northern Territory Gabriella Francis, Dripstone Middle School
Queensland William Shackel Anglican Church Grammar School
South Australia Matthew Jones, Blackfriars Priory School
Tasmania Henry Carls, St Patrick’s College
Victoria Katrina Luu, Presbyterian Ladies’ College
Western Australia Qi Qi, Liu Willetton Senior High School

2022 Runners-up
Australian Capital Territory Fae Indrele, Canberra High School
New South Wales Lana Marsic, Mercy Catholic College
Northern Territory Eli Ramirez, Dripstone Middle School
Queensland Vy Nguyen, St Monica’s College
South Australia Charlee Hunter, Kadina Memorial School
Tasmania Eve Cooper, The Friends’ School
Victoria Serene Karanuratne, Presbyterian Ladies’ College
Western Australia Navisha Shukla, Karratha Senior High School


2023 Simpson Prize Question 

How significant was Australia’s contribution to the Allied military victory on the Western Front in 1918?


The Simpson Prize requires you to respond to the question above using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (https://www.awm.gov.au/learn/schools/simpson2023) 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 four 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
Submissions will be due by 5.00pm Friday 4 November 2022

NOTE:  If you have submitted entries for judging you would have received an automated receipt.  If not please check your junk mail.  If you have not received pleae submit again.

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 2023

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.