Williamstown Literary Festival

Williamstown Literary Festival

Submissions are now open for The Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes (The Adas) 2021.

The Ada’s are named after one of Australia’s finest colonial writers, Ada Cambridge. As the wife of the Reverend George Cross she lived in the Vicarage at Holy Trinity, Williamstown, from 1893-1909, where she wrote some of her most significant work.

Entries for prose and poetry are open to all writers who live in Victoria.

Prize categories:
Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize: $500 (entry fee $15)
Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize: $500 (entry fee $15 – 2 poems)

Submissions close Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Visit willylitfest.org.au for more information.


The Willy Lit Fest 2020 Vision online program featured engaging and entertaining author panels and discussions.

Tapping the Zeitgeist:                    Recorded session

View from the street:                     Recorded session

The Golden Country:                       Recorded session

Eight Lives: A burden of proof:     Recorded session

Death of a Typographer:                Recorded session

The People’s Choice Awards:        Thursday 20 June

The Ada Awards:                              Thursday 21 June


The recipients of the 2020 Willy Lit Fest’s People's Choice Awards and Ada Cambridge Writing Prizes are:

The People’s Choice Award recipients

Poetry winner:

Leigh Bell – A Shite Friday Night

Runner up:

Alison Bonner – All Season Day              

Prose winner:

JC Clapham – A Whitewashed Canvas

Runner up:

Selin Munoz – The Nightmare Cycle    


Ada Cambridge Writing Prize recipients

The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose winner:

Suzi Mezei - Sapling

The Ada Cambridge Poetry winner:                             

John Bartlett - Survival

The Young Adas winner:

Elizabeth Fritsche – Only If You Can Imagine It So                                                                                              

Congratulations to all the winners and participants.


About the Willy Lit Fest

The Williamstown Literary Festival has now grown into one of the country’s most respected wordfests, attracting some of Australia’s best loved authors. The festival is run by a committee of locals, supplemented by volunteers at festival time.

The festival has a strong focus on local participation, with the annual People’s Choice awards showcasing aspiring local writers and poets. The Ada Cambridge Award for Poetry and Prose is run annually with the winners being announced at the festival’s opening.

The program appeals to people of all ages and literary tastes.  Events include panels, interviews, author talks, workshops for children, teenagers and adults, readings and storytelling.  Writers working in all genres including poetry, novels, non fiction, crime, historical fiction, drama, adventure and sports contribute to a fabulous festival.

Find at more: willylitfest.org.au  or facebook.com/willylitfest

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