Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes

The Adas 2019

Submissions for the 2019 Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes are now open.

The Young Adas Short Story prize

First prize $250 proudly sponsored by Mary and Kevin Mack of Documents on Call.

We are also pleased to be collaborating with Hobsons Bay City libraries, who graciously support and manage the entry process of the Young Adas on behalf of Williamstown Literary Festival.

Please submit your stories via the link below:

Young Adas Short Story prize submissions close: Monday 25 March 2019


The Adas: Prose and Poetry prizes

For Victorian writers

After fifteen years of providing a platform to writers who live, work or study in the western suburbs for their prose and poems to be published in our annual anthology, we are now giving all Victorian writers the opportunity to submit their work.

Please read the entry guidelines carefully as conditions have changed.

Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize submissions close: Monday 11 March 2019

Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize submissions close: Monday 11 March 2019

Please complete the online entry form by clicking on the below link:

Submit your entry.

Submit your entry fee ($15) via the PayPal link below.

Please include the following as your reference: [your surnameADAS]

Entry fee

Alternatively, you may pay the entry fee via direct bank deposit. Please note the following bank account details:


Account Name Williamstown Literary Festival Inc.
BSB 633 000
Account number 127 08 7716
Payment reference YourNameADAS


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Ada’s story

Ada Cambridge

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize, Poetry Prize and The Young Adas were named after one of Australia’s finest colonial writers. Ada Cambridge 1844 – 1926 was an English-born Australian writer. She began writing poetry in her late teens, and in her early twenties published two volumes of hymns, with a collection of poems entitled Echoes following in 1869. In 1870, she married a curate destined for colonial service, George Frederick Cross, and the couple sailed for Melbourne later that year.

Overall she wrote more than twenty-five works of fiction, three volumes of poetry and two autobiographical works. Many of her novels were serialised in Australian newspapers but were never published in book form. As the wife of the Rev’d George Cross she lived in the Vicarage at Holy Trinity, Williamstown, from 1893-1909, where she wrote some of her most significant work. You can read more about Ada Cambridge here.

The Ada Cambridge prose and poetry prizes are open to Victorian writers. The Young Adas were newly created in 2014 for young people aged 14 to 18 years, who live, work or study in the western suburbs of Melbourne.






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