Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes

The Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes 2020

Announcing the 2020 Ada Cambridge Writing Prize winners!

Thank you to all who entered their stories and poems this year. A special thank you to our special guest host, Peter Goldsworthy, who announced the winners and read excerpts from the winning entries.

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize

Winner Suzi Mezei Sapling
Runner-up Rosie Beaumont Gothic Kangaroo
Highly Commended Anne Hotta The Visitor
Commended Jean Flynn Risk Assessment
Binh Pham An Illiterate Entrepreneur
Shortlisted Rob Benson My Brother, Tom
Debi Hamilton Still Life with Surgeon
Alan Hewett Major Rossi’s Parole
Alison Lloyd The Red Button
Richenda Rudman 55 Hanbury Street
Jean Thornton Ah Chin

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Poetry Prize

Winner John Bartlett Survival
Runner-up Rachel Flynn New World Order
Highly Commended Suzi Mezei Expeditions
Commended Elizabeth Beaton Macbeth Country
Helen Bradwell Hermione, roused
Shortlisted Yvonne Adami Barwon Morning
Danny Fahey Extinction
Carla de Goede Cats
Ray Liversidge On hearing the news that she has won the Pulitzer Prize, Elizabeth Bishop celebrates by consuming not one, but two Oreos
Mathew Wenham Old man in a derelict factory

The Young Adas

Winner Elizabeth Fritsche Only If You Can Imagine It So
Runner-up Leala Xu By My Side
Highly Commended Charlize Miranda The Blue Mark
Commended Olivia Nigido-Scott Karma
Nadim Kibria Nomad’s Melancholy
Shortlisted Keya Akolkar Injustice in Justice
Dinithee Balasooriya The Bottuva: The Boat
Ella Bradwell Spinner Top
Denise Chan Soul of Fennec Fox
Vidhathra Murali Emptiness

The Adas anthology is available for ‘walk-in’ sales from 1 July 2020 from the Hobsons Bay City Libraries.

2020 Anthology: $15.00
Past copies: $5.00
(Contactless payment preferred)

A special thank you to our Ada judges and story readers.

Our judges

Prose: Lis Grove and Jonathan Griffiths

Poetry: Helen Cerne and Kevin Brophy

Dr Chris Ringrose and Margaret Campbell

 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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