The History Teachers’ Association of Australia (HTAA), together with HTAA State affiliates, conducts this competition for Year 9 and 10 students on behalf of the Australian Government. The focus of the competition is the Australian ANZAC tradition and students are asked to write an essay of 1200 to 1500 words, or prepare an audio-visual presentation of not more than 10 minutes accompanied by a written explanation of up to 400 words, on a given statement every year.

The 2020 Simpson Prize question is: “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 students to respond to the quote and question using a minimum of three of the sources from the 2019 Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection at their own research.


The Simpson Prize is a great opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to participate in a nationwide essay competition, giving them the chance to win an unforgettable 2 week trip to Turkey as well as a prepatory trip to Canberra. The winners from each State and Territory will travel together to key battlefields oveseas in April 2020. For further details go to