Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes


Entries are now closed for the 2017 Ada Cambridge and Young Ada Awards.

The prizes are open to writers and poets who live, work or study in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize was named after one of Australia’s finest colonial writers.

The Young Adas were newly created in 2014 for young people aged 14 to 18 years. All prizes seek to support aspiring writers and poets of the western suburbs by exposing their work to a wider audience.

The competitions closed on Monday 6 March 2017 and the winners will be announced at the Williamstown Literary Festival on 17 & 18 June 2017. 

Prizes are as follows:

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize (1000-3000 words) – $1000

The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize (30 lines maximum) – $500

The Young Ada Short Story Prize (for 14-18 year olds: 1000 word maximum) – $250


The Ada Cambridge writing prizes are kindly supported by Hobsons Bay Libraries.

Visit this blog post exploring the experience of two recent shortlisted entrants as well as the winning entries dating back to 2012. 

 2015 winners

Previous winners

Ada Cambridge Prizes eBook