Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes

Text Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes over a backdrop of Williamstown Port

ADA CAMBRIDGE WRITING PRIZES

Each year the Williamstown Literary Festival is delighted to convene the Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize, Poetry Prize and The Young Adas which are named after one of Australia’s finest colonial writers, Ada Cambridge.

Entries for the the 2022 Adas are now open until midnight at April 8 2022.

There is a $15 entry fee for the Biographical Prose Prize and the Poetry Prize which you can pay securely via PayPal here.

Enter the Biographical Prose Prize, the Poetry Prize or the Young Adas here. For more information on each of the prizes, visit the SUBMISSIONS 2022 page.

 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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