Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes

The Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes 2020

Submissions to the Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes 2020 are now closed.

Thank you to all who have entered their stories and poems this year.

The judges expect to announce their short-list by the end of April.

We look forward to celebrating another year of creative words with you all at the Willy Lit Fest in June.

First Prize Prose Prize: $500

First Prize Poetry Prize: $500

All shortlisted entries are published in the annual anthology

Our judges

Prose: Lis Grove and Jonathan Griffiths

Poetry: Helen Cerne and Kevin Brophy

Read the prose submission guidelines.

Read the poetry submission guidelines 


The Young Adas 2020

The Young Ada Short Story Prize is open to 14-18-year-olds who live, study or work in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Young writers from Melbourne’s western suburbs are invited to write a story about something that matters to them in their world, whether it is love, friendship, discoveries, injustice or loss, for their chance to win $250 and be published in the anthology.

Submissions to the Young Adas are now closed.

Our Judges

Dr Chris Ringrose and Margaret Campbell

Submissions to the Young Adas are now closed.

 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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