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.

We’re also keen to foster local talent and provide access to wider audiences by encouraging participation in our annual People’s Choice Awards held on the Sunday of the festival weekend.

Announcing the winners of the Ada Cambridge Prizes 2017!

We would like to extend our congratulations to the shortlisted entrants and winners of the Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes.

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize

Shortlisted Writers
Helen Bradwell: My Father’s Voice
Adam Deverell: An Address in Morocco
Christa Fatouros: Quinces Baked in the Oven
Linelle Gibson: Love Letters
Marija Ivankovic: You’ll Be Right
Suzi Mezei: Lotus
Fikret Pajalic: All the Wrong Things
Anneliese Rosenmayer: Birdwatching in Baghdad
Sumudu Samarawickrama: Storytime

Commended
Adam Deverell: An Address in Morocco

Highly Commended
Suzi Mezei: Lotus

Runner Up
Helen Bradwell: My Father’s Voice

Winner
Fikret Pajalic: All the Wrong Things

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize

Shortlisted Writers
Helen Bradwell: Drift and Resilient
Robert Conlon: Dead Roo Crash
Ann Dinh: Planet or Planetarium
Rory Hudson: Your Springtime Dress and Zucchini
Lidia Ostepeev: One Morning in Patzcuaro
Edward Reilly: There were Limits
Kristen Roberts: Reaching for Jam and Make Something Out of Nothing
Sumudu Samarawickrama: Winter Road

Commended
Kristen Roberts: Make Something Out of Nothing
Helen Bradwell: Resilient

Highly Commended
Ann Dinh: Planet or Planetarium
Rory Hudson: Your Springtime Dress

Co-Runner Up
Sumudu Samarawickrama: Winter Road
Kristen Roberts: Reaching for Jam

Winner
Edward Reilly: There were Limits

The Young Adas Short Story Prize

Shortlisted Writers
Keely Brown: Freedom
Kelly Chan: Impatience and Greed
Emily Frydas: Forever Lost
Tasha Gacutan: Swan Song
Quoc Minh Le: These Blessed Candles of the Night
Mary Shamoon: Bleeding in a storm
Cindy Ta: Flowers in San Fran
Lily Taylor: The Ghosts of Berlin
Emily Zovak: September 1.

Commended
Tasha Gacutan: Swan Song

Highly Commended
Quoc Minh Le: These Blessed Candles of the Night

Runner Up
Emily Zovak: September 1.

Winner
Keely Brown: Freedom

 

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