The Henry B. Higgins Award

The Henry Bournes Higgins Award

Australians historically are known as a sentimental people; We love our country, our heritage and the adventurous challenge for survival on our continent.

The H. B. Higgins award was discussed amongst many well-minded Australians to provide the conduit for Australian content producers such as writers, artists and musicians to compete for recognition and financial benefits for their work. Our fundamental outlook is to encourage the completion of new and relevant Australian material for the continued flowering of Australian culture.

The namesake of the award; Henry B. Higgins was the famous justice who presided over the harvester decision, a great Australian who made a defense and articulation of Australian idealism to the whole world. His boldness and wisdom continues to encourage Australian Nativists to this day.

We believe there are a large quantity of skilled Australians out there who struggle to ‘complete a project’, their piece of art, literature or music just cant get past the finish line for lack of motivation. Our encouragement by offering cash prizes is hoped to give those artists the motivation they need to get over the line and finish a product with the hope of winning something at the end. In this process of motivating creators, we should hopefully find a whirlwind of new and glorious Australian material to share and cherish together.

This art award is principally sponsored by the Australian Natives Association Incorporated, a Patriotic Fraternal Organisation based in the nation’s capital. The fraternal organisation has elected a sub-committee to manage this art award and judge the competitors works against a defined criteria which shall reward content that celebrates and encourages Australia’s heritage and high idealism for national life and character.

The awards are split into three sections:

  • Literature: $150 cash for first prize winner. Submission must be less than 1,000 words, a literary work of any kind (short story, poetry etc)
  • Art: $500 cash award for first prize winner. Submission may be any kind of art that can be shown to the judging panel by digital photographs. (Sculptures, Paintings etc)
  • Music: $300 cash award for first prize winner.

The submissions shall be submitted under the agreement that they may be kept and published by the Australian Natives Association Inc (not for profit) and the Henry Higgins Award for the promotion of Australian culture and idealism.

Submissions and any queries about the nature/requirements of the award contact us here: canberra@ausnatives.org

Read more about submissions here