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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

Beth Yahp

Beth Yahp

Chair

Beth Yahp’s fiction and creative non-fiction include: The Red Pearl and Other Stories (Vagabond Press, 2017); a memoir Eat First, Talk Later (Gerakbudaya, 2018; Penguin Random House, 2015), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Award for Literature (Non-Fiction); and a novel The Crocodile Fury (Vagabond Press, 2017; Angus & Robertson, 1992) which was translated into several languages.

Beth wrote the libretto for composer Liza Lim’s opera Moon Spirit Feasting, which won the APRA Award for Best Classical Composition in 2003. Her current projects include a collection of creative non-fiction articles on women, politics and the arts in Malaysia and a series of Small Pleasures set in Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. She lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney.

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.

Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen is the author of five previous novels, a children’s book and, most recently, the short story collection When I Saw the Animal (UQP).

Bernard’s 2013 novel The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies was the inaugural winner of the Russell Prize for Humour Writing. He has also won the Australian Vogel Literary Award, an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award and is the only writer to appear three times on the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists list.

In 2006, Bernard founded The Writing Workshop www.writingworkshop.com.au. Since then, he has taught creative writing to about 100,000 young people.

He lives in Sydney.

Past winners and shortlists

2021

2021
Cherry Beach
Text Publishing
Winner
2021
The Octopus and I
Allen & Unwin
Shortlisted
2021
A Couple of Things Before the End
Black Inc.
Shortlisted
2021
Song of the Crocodile
Hachette Australia
Shortlisted
2021
The Inland Sea
ONE an imprint of Pushkin Press
Shortlisted

2020

2020
Cover image of the book Little Stones.
University of Queensland Press
Shortlisted
2020
Cover image of the book An-Tan-Tiri Mogodan.
Adelaide Books
Shortlisted
2020
Cover image of the book Lucky Ticket.
Text Publishing
Shortlisted
2020
Cover image of the book Dolores.
Hachette Australia
Shortlisted
2020
Cover image of the book The House of Youssef.
Giramondo Publishing
Shortlisted

2019

2019
Scrublands
Shortlisted
2019
Pink Mountain on Locust Island
Shortlisted
2019
Flames
Shortlisted
2019
The Everlasting Sunday Book Cover
Shortlisted
2019
Cover image of The Lucky Galah.
Shortlisted

2018

2018
Text Publishing
Winner

2017

2017
Letter to Pessoa
Giramondo Publishing
Winner
2017
Dodge Rose
Text Publishing
Shortlisted
2017
Our Magic Hour
Text Publishing
Shortlisted
2017
Book cover for Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh
UQP
Shortlisted
2017
Cover image of The Memory Artist.
Allen & Unwin
Shortlisted
2017
Book Cover for The Bonobo’s Dream by Rose Mulready
Xoum Publishing
Shortlisted
2020
Cover image of the book Real Differences.
Transit Lounge
Winner
2019
Boy Swallows Universe cover
HarperCollins Publishers
Winner
2018
Text Publishing
Winner
2017
Letter to Pessoa
Giramondo Publishing
Winner

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.