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Writing Competition

Do you live in Victoria and love to write poetry and prose?

And do you look like this?

Actually it’s okay – you don’t have to look like that! That is a photograph of Ada Cambridge and the Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes are now open for submissions.

Open to 14- 18 year olds who live in Victoria.

Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize: $500; entry fee $15; submissions close midnight Monday 9 March 2020.

Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize: $500; entry fee $15; submissions close  midnight Monday 9 March 2020.

Winners will be announced at the Williamstown Literary Festival 19 – 21 June 2020, with the winning and short-listed entries also published in an anthology.

For more information about guidelines and submissions go to the WIlliamstown Literary Festival Website

Want to know more about Ada Cambridge? This is from the WIlliamstown Literary Festival Website:

“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.”