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Meet the Adas’ 2019 Judges

Meet the 2019 Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes’ Judges

Prose: Lis Grove and Dmetri Kakmi

Poetry: Chloe Wilson and Helen Cerne

Young Adas: Dr Christopher Ringrose and Margaret Campbell

LIs Grove loves good writing. She has taught language and literature, English and French, at secondary and tertiary levels. Most recently, she worked as a language consultant, editor and researcher. For the past five years, she has helped judge the Adas Prose Prize and until 2018, edited the Adas Anthology.

Dmetri Kakmi is a writer and editor. For 15 years he was a senior editor at Penguin Books. His memoir Mother Land was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. He edited the children’s anthology When We Were Young. The ghost story ‘The Boy by the Gate’ was reprinted in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and HorrorHaunting Matilda was shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards Best Fantasy Novella category. His essays and short stories appear in anthologies.

Chloe Wilson is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her most recent collection of poems, Not Fox Nor Axe, was shortlisted for the 2016 Kenneth Slessor Prize at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her first collection, The Mermaid Problem, was commended in the Anne Elder Award and Highly Commended in the Mary Gilmore Award.

Chloe’s work has appeared in  ELLE AustraliaBest Australian Poems,  Meanjin,  Award Winning Australian Writing, The Southampton Review, Australian Love Poems,  Aesthetica, Australian Poetry JournalReview of Australian FictionCordite,  Nat. BrutFlash: The International Short-Short Story MagazineGoing Down SwingingIsland, The Sleepers Almanac,  Rabbit, Mascara  and Chicago Literati, among others.

Helen Cerne has published a poetry collection Just Heart Work, a novel Those who Can’t and a collaborative autobiography, Shifting. Helen’s poetry often explores creative women’s lives. Her experimental PhD novel examined the life of artist Lina Bryans. A coordinator of Western Union Writers, in 2007 she established Vanark Press.

Dr Christopher Ringrose is an Associate Professor at Monash University. He co-edits the Journal of Postcolonial Writing and the book series Studies in World Literature. His poetry has won prizes in the UK, Canada and Australia, and was chosen for projection in Krakow, Poland, as part of UNESCO’s “Cities of Literature” celebrations. His fiction is included in the Melbourne Subjective collection (2014) and Flashing the Square (2014). Chris’s latest poetry collection is Palmistry (In Case of Emergency Press, Melbourne); his poetry website is

Margaret Campbell’s short stories have won prizes and have been published in Australia and NZ. A member of Western Union Writers and Western Women Writers, she is co-ordinator of Imagination Creation young writers group which conducts an annual competition, and was awarded a Centenary Medal for her work with young writers.

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

Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize submissions close: Monday 11 March 2019

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

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