The Adas 2023 anthology celebrates the multicultural variety of contemporary Australia and the vigour and creativity of our writers. It collects twenty-eight stories and ten poems-considered by the judges to be the best in each category of the Williamstown Literary Festival's four writing awards: the Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose and Poetry Prizes (writers across Victoria), the Young Adas Short Story Prize (writers aged 14 to 18 from Melbourne's western suburbs), and the Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award (on a theme of disability, writers nation-wide).
The shortlisted pieces in this volume present writing of impressively high quality and startling diversity, across a range of themes, styles and genres--from the intensely personal to the historical, from dystopian fantasy to often-confronting reality, from close observation of nature to meditations on time, from the local to the exotic.
There is something here for everyone. Read and enjoy!