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Shortlist for the 2024 Ada Cambridge and Jennifer Burbidge Writing Awards

Congratulations to all entrants of the Willy Lit Fest 2024 Writing Awards. We are excited to announce our shortlist, with the winners to be announced in the Town Hall during the upcoming festival weekend!


The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize Shortlist

‘Not Even Specks’ by Catherine Bateson
‘If You Don’t, I Can’t’ by Catherine Bell
‘There Isn’t Time’ by Hermina Burns
‘Sing Me Home’ by Pauline Cleary
‘How Are You?’ by Jean Flynn
‘St Patrick’s Day’ by Peter Kenneally
‘Can You Hear Me?’ by Catherine Padmore
‘Leg of Lamb’ by Carmel Riordan
‘Language and Fire’ by Cynthia Troup
‘Water Baby’ by Poppea White
‘How to Be a Good Asian’ by Nicky Zhang


The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize Shortlist

‘Under the Clothesline’ by Catherine Bateson
‘Williamstown Road’ by Hermina Burns
‘First kiss, 12 or 13’ by Anne M. Carson
‘Companion Planting’ by E.A. Gleeson
‘A Mug from Goodwill’ by Alexander Homoc
‘love hate sex death’ by Gareth Morgan
‘Fig’ by Stephanie Powell
‘Good Gifts from Above’ by Richenda Rudman
‘fall’ by Jemma van Loenen
‘Five O’Clock Practice’ by Kim Waters


The Young Adas Short Story Prize Shortlist

‘A Loving Universe’ by Anjali Bijukumar
‘Menarche’ by Sowmya Ghimire
‘Vivace’ by Gihara Jayaneththi
‘The Secrets in the Stars’ by Gurleen Jhajj                                                                                                                    ‘The Field We Lay In’ by Momina Khan
‘Verity’ by Avani Malali
‘Free Mandalay’ by Muskan Pant
‘Running Out of Time’ by Angelica Pham
‘Perfect to Me’ by Ashmi Sarkar
‘Daisy and the Oak Tree’ by Mahnoor Talpur


The Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award Shortlist

‘Grand Final’ by Patrick Arulanandam
‘Grace’ by Linda Atkins
‘Silence’ by Margaret Brennan
‘Mum’s a Mess’ by Rochelle Franco
‘Away with Words’ by Penni Giuliani
‘A Physical Thing’ by Christine Johnson
‘Invisible Disability’ by Amanda Perlinski
‘The Perfect Piece’ by Sandra Thom-Jones
‘DSM-5 p235’ by John Toohey
‘Design Flaw’ by Susan Webster


This competition is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council through its Make it Happen Grants program.

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