Past Ada Cambridge Winners

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

 

WINNERS 2016

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2016

First Prize

Rose Damon, ‘The Line’

Runner-Up
Fikret Pajalic, ‘Soul to Sell’

Highly Commended
Melanie Cheng, ‘Hotel Cambodia’

Commended
Melinda Woledge, ‘Birthright’

Short-listed
Anna Brasier, ‘Ponds Cold Cream’
Annie Forbes, ‘The Tin Snail’
Jacqui Horwood, ‘The Famine Girls’
Olga Pavlinova Olenich, ‘Western Classic’
Alexandrina Stark, ‘Beyond the Roses’
Christina Thorpe, ‘Blanche’

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2016

First Prize
Bea Jones, ‘My Mother’s Mother’

Runner-Up
Frank Corso, ‘Winter Rain in Melbourne’

Highly Commended
Nola Frawley, ‘The Race is Over’

Commended
Suzi Mezei, ‘Juvenescence’

Short-listed
Cassandra Atherton, ‘Hospital’
Hayley Franklin, ‘Settling’
Suzi Mezei, ‘Inheritance’
Lidia Ostepeev, ‘Shadow Puppets’
Catherine Ryan, ‘Things My Dad Taught Me’
Claire Saxby, ‘After the Ferry’

The Young Adas Short Story Prize 2016

First Prize
Mikayla Barnes, ‘I’m Not Enough’

Runner-Up
Ruby Carmody, ‘Hurricane’

Highly Commended
Nelly Bowyer, ‘Blood Red Roses’

Commended
Bill Gultiano, ‘The Local Cafe’
Alysha Yacono, ‘And Then The Light Turned Red’

Short-Listed
Shona Louis, ‘Birds’
Annalee Ramsay, ‘Bullets Like Rain’
Ebony Sweet, ‘Fear’
Courtney Uzzell, ‘Why I Ran Away’
Hongran Yu, ‘Edges’

The Young Adas Graphic Short Story Prize 2016

First Prize
Hudson Jones, ‘Defector’

Commended
Michelle Keating, ‘The Battle’
Parminder Kaur, ‘Pets’

 

2015

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2015
Winner The Journey Home Adam Deverell
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2015
 Winner Lodger Suzi Mezei
The Young Adas Short Story Prize  2015
 Winner  Tranquillo  Amelia Dunstone
The Young Adas Graphic Short Story Prize 2015
 Winner The Great Eggscape Anhkim Tran

2014

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2014
 Winners Pigeon Coup Natalie Fraser
 Fly Anneliese Poelsma
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2014
Winner At What Distance Does It Stop Alana Keisall

2013

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2013
 Winner  The Other Ah-Por Silk Chen
 The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2013
 Winner  Nothing Here Needs Fixing Maxine Beneba Clarke

2012

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2012
 Winner  Davy Helen Bradwell
  The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2012
 Winner  The Summer They Were Fragile Rafael S.W

2011

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2011
 Winners Things We Don’t Talk About Lucia Nardo
 Shades of Grey Fikret Pajalic
 The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2011
Winner Yasi Amanda Anastasi

2010

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2010
 Winner  Winter’s Sleep Sally Nansen
 The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2010
 Winner  Amanda Anastasi

2009

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2009
 Winners  1984 Jackie Kerin
 Broken Light Simonne Michelle-Wells

2008

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2008
 Winners  Shame Patsy Rea
 Nightfall in Berlin  Anneliese Rosenmayer
 The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2008
 Winners  Jungle Menu Vera Di Campli
 Trinity San Vito

2007

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2007
 Winners  Cow Down Patsy Rea
 Funeral Procession Through A Cornfield  Chloe Wilson

2006

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2006
 Winner  The Backwater Annette Signori

2005

 The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2005
 Winner  With These Hands Sherryl Clark

 

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