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About the award

  • The UTS Glenda Adams Award ($5,000) is for a published book of fiction written by an author who has not previously published a book-length work of narrative fiction or narrative non-fiction. 
  • The Award seeks to recognise outstanding new literary talent. The winning author may produce an excellent piece of writing in a traditional fictional form or may challenge and expand the boundaries of the genre. 
  • The winner of the UTS Glenda Adams Award is chosen from entries submitted for the Christina Stead Prize (no additional entry fee is required for this award).
  • Entrants who meet the UTS Glenda Adams Award criteria should indicate on the nomination form if they wish to be considered for the Award.
  • This Award is sponsored by UTS.

The Judging Panel

Jane McCredie

Senior Judge

Jane McCredie is an award-winning journalist, writer and reviewer who has been widely published in Australia and internationally. A former book publisher, she is the CEO of Writing NSW and the founder and director of the Quantum Words Festival of writing about science. She is the author of Making Girls and Boys: Inside the science of sex and was coeditor of the 2013 anthology of The Best Australian Science Writing.

Jane is a graduate of the Australia Council’s arts leaders program and has previously chaired both the Christina Stead and Douglas Stewart panels of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie Bishop


Stephanie Bishop is an award-winning novelist. Her most recent novel, Man Out of Time was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and longlisted for the Stella Prize. Her second novel, The Other Side of the World won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for Literary Fiction Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and longlisted for the Stella Prize.

Her writing has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Monthly and The Guardian, among other publications. She has received Fellowships to Yaddo and Oxford University, where she was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Life Writing. She is currently a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales.

Nicole Abadee

Nicole Abadee

Nicole Abadee is a books writer, podcaster and festival moderator. She reviews regularly for Good Weekend and Australian Book Review, and appears as a moderator at writers’ festivals, includng Sydney Writers’ Festival, Byron Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers’ Festival and Adelaide Writers’ Week.

She also has a literary podcast, Books, Books, Books, in which she interviews top Australian and international writers including Kate Grenville and Lionel Shriver about their latest books.

Angelo Loukakis

Angelo Loukakis

Angelo Loukakis has worked as a writer, teacher, editor and publisher, and was Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors 2010–16. Angelo’s fiction titles include For the Patriarch, Vernacular Dreams, Messenger, The Memory of Tides, and Houdini’s Flight.

His non-fiction works include a book for children, The Greeks, and the book of the SBS television series, Who Do You Think You Are? His collection of short stories, For the Patriarch, was winner of a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. He is presently at work on another novel.

About Glenda Adams

The award recognises the literary achievements of Glenda Emilie Adams (1939–2007), Australian novelist and play writer. Adams was born in Ryde, Sydney. She graduated from University of Sydney with an Honours degree in Indonesian and later, won a scholarship to study at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, graduating in 1965. Adams returned to Australia later teaching creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. She published four novels, several short stories and plays. Her second novel Dancing on Corals won the Miles Franklin Award and a Special Award at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards in 1987.

Past winners and shortlists


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Transit Lounge
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University of Queensland Press
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Adelaide Books
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Text Publishing
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Hachette Australia
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Giramondo Publishing


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Pink Mountain on Locust Island
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