Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes

The Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes 2019

The Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes, affectionately known as the Adas, are one of the highlights of the Williamstown Literary Festival,

For the first time in its fifteen-year history, submissions for prose and poetry were open to all writers who live in Victoria. The Young Ada Writing prize remained open to writers aged 14-18 years who lived in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

We were delighted with the rich and diverse entries we received.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the shortlisted entrants and winners of the Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes 2019.

The Young Adas Writing Prize 2019

Name Story Awarded
Katrina Danial We Same First
Ilham Aliye The Art of Being ‘Fine’ Runner-up
Yasmin Ahmed The Flower that Withers in Surrender to its Thirst Highly Commended
Connor Lemke Meetings at the Crossroads Highly Commended
Milad Abdulmasyah Another Chance Shortlisted
Leah Alleblas The Plug Shortlisted
Tyler Butler The Willhelm Fiction Shortlisted
Prabhas Grandhi Stranded Shortlisted
Sara Oliver Tattoos Shortlisted
Olivia Spiteri The Glow Shortlisted


The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2019

Name Story Awarded
Kristen Roberts Vancouver Bird Storm First
Emilie Collyer old blood Runner-up
Sophie Juratowitch lyrebirds Highly Commended
Laura Hernandez Pink Blood Commended
Eva Collins You ate my jumper today Commended
David Burke rust Shortlisted
Simone King Maya Shortlisted
Richenda Rudman On Every Land Mass Shortlisted
Jean Thornton Aftermath Shortlisted
Kim Waters Waiting for Bluebeard Shortlisted


The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2019

Name Story Awarded
David Francis A Journey of the Hands First
Rachel Flynn The Deep End Runner-up
Mark Smith The Accumulation of Small Wounds Highly Commended
Jacqui McCallum Ukubona (meaning – to see) Commended
Helene Richards Mistaken Identity Commended
Stephen Andrew See My Baby Jive Shortlisted
Isobel Blackthorn Nothing to Declare Shortlisted
Emily Clements The Brood Shortlisted
S.P. Robin Tubi Shortlisted
Stephen Yolland Scarlet Nights Shortlisted

The 2019 Adas anthology is on sale via Hobsons Bay City Libraries for $10.00.

The writing prizes and anthology are made possible through the generosity and support of the following:

 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.



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