History competitions are a great way to motivate and reward your students and raise the profile of History in your school community. There are strong links to the curriculum, and students can often use school assessments and projects as their entries.

If you have ever had the chance to attend an awards ceremony or travel with competition winners, you will know the profound impact the competitions have on their learning and their personal development. There are great travel and competition-judging opportunities for teachers, too!

We have summarised the key elements of each of the competitions below, and you can find out a little more by click on the tabs to the left.

Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize

For Year levels: Victorian students – Years 9,10 and 11
Topic: An exploration of the Spirit of Anzac with respect to the experience and perspectives of Australians at war, service persons, individuals or community, in difficult times or times of conflict.
Competition Format: Online submission
Accepted entry modes: essay, artwork, video, audio, music, webpage or poetry
Deadline for entries: EXTENDED! 5pm, Tuesday 31 August 2021
Prizes: Winning students will receive a $2,500 scholarship to support their education.
Coordinating and/or Sponsoring Organisation: Veterans Branch, Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Opportunities for HTAV members: Competition judging
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The Simpson Prize

For Year levels: 9 and 10, nationwide
Topic: New topic question released each year
Competition Format: Online submissions
Accepted entry modes: Essay
Deadline for entries: 5pm, Friday 5 November 2021
Prizes: One winner and one runner-up from each State and Territory will participate in a three-day program in Canberra in early 2022. Winning students will also travel to key historical and commemorative site/s across Australia noting that the final itinerary is subject to confirmation.
Coordinating and/or Sponsoring Organisation: HTAA, Australian Government Department of Education
Special Features: National Competition
Opportunities for HTAV members: Teacher Chaperone positions available
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HTAV Historical Fiction Competition

For Year levels: 5 to 10; Victorian students or students of interstate/overseas school members of HTAV
Topic: A piece of engaging Historical Fiction, focus on both writing and historical accuracy
Competition Format: Online submissions
Acceptable entry modes: Short Story
Deadline for entries: Tuesday 2 August 2022, 5pm
Prizes: Winning students will each receive a cash prize of $150 and a certificate
Coordinating and/or Sponsoring Organisation: HTAV, History Council of Victoria, Eureka Centre Ballarat and Fremantle Press
Special Features: Competition categories are banded across two years
Opportunities for HTAV members: Competition judging
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National History Challenge

For Year levels: F-12, nationwide
Topic: 2021 Theme – Significance: History Matters
Competition Format: Submitted entries to a State Coordinator
Acceptable entry modes: Research essay, museum exhibit, multimedia, performance, website, ANY other form of creative representation
Application process: Schools must register for a Welcome Kit prior to deadline
Deadline for entries: Friday 27 August 2021
Prizes: Cash prizes and a behind-the-scenes trip to Canberra to receive their award at Parliament House
Coordinating and/or Sponsoring Organisation: HTAA, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training
Special Features: Individual or group entry (max. four students)
Opportunities for HTAV members: Competition judging
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Australian History Competition

For Year levels: 7-10, nationwide
Topic: Two papers broadly based on the Australian Curriculum: Years 7-8, Years 9-10
Competition Format: Assessment held on one day
Acceptable entry modes: Test format, multiple choice questions, tests history skills rather than prior content knowledge
Deadline for entries: Registrations close Wednesday 31 March 2021. Competition held Sunday 30 May – Friday 4 June.
Prizes: Cash Prizes
Coordinating and/or Sponsoring Organisation: HTAA, Historicool Magazine
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