By any previous standards, 2005 has been a bumper year for unmitigated gall, sheer effrontery and shameless audacity. Veteran practitioners continued to amaze us with their utter brass while fresh new talent shirt-fronted its way to notoriety. From the pinnacles of power to the sloughs of despond, the entire world found itself awash with barefaced cheek. Nobody was immune from its temptations. Here in Australia, it even got to the point where some jumped-up property developer with a sideline in publishing thought he could launch a successful national magazine.In keeping with the spirit of the times, The Monthly has decided to salute those cocky bastards whose moxie inspired us throughout the year. In their honour, we are pleased to introduce the first annual Chutzpah Awards.