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The 2021 Adas shortlist

We are excited to announce the shortlisted entrants for the Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose, Poetry and Young Ada Writing Prizes 2021!

Thank you to our wonderful judges who read the stories and poems from young and old to come up with the final shortlists.

The Ada winners will be announced at the Williamstown Literary Festival on Saturday 19 June 2021. This is a free event, and all friends and family are welcome.

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Congratulations to the shortlisted writers.

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize – shortlist

Pamela Baker Walking in the Dark
Anne Hotta Frank
Frances Collings Crossing Bridges
Penelope Bingham The Other Jenny
Maya Linden Dust figures
James Walton The Big Gas, 1973
Sam Elkin Bindoon
Zach Pryor champagne problems
Natalie Fraser The Harder They Fall
Diane Williamson One Hell of a Day

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize – shortlist

Thuy On Get Lit
Jennifer Harrison Hawaiian Spangle
Gayelene Carbis You Are Not/Your Poetry
Gayelene Carbis Love Like This
Belle Hann Illumination
Suzi Mezei Sonalis Detour
Suzi Mezei The Whelp
Karen Andrews Changing the Sheets before Lockdown
Rosemary Blake Sparrows
Anne Elvey With Lorenzo Lotto awake in the early hours

The Young Adas – shortlist

Cindy Pham Little Rabbit
Likitha Kujala My Name
Rydham Oza A Foreign Touch
Crislin Rosete A Roll of Film
Cathy Le The Foreign Land
Elena Turner A Kumquat Enterprise
Alex Eagles Snapshots of Time Well Spent
Adelaide Umali Her Story
Agrima Ghosh Crashing Thunder
Charlize Miranda A Woman’s Guide to Staying Alive