The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing breaks new ground in the recognition of Australian writers. Entrants must be from a first or second-generation migrant background, and the winner receives a prize of $3000 along with a mentorship with an established writer to help bring their entry to a full-length manuscript for publication. The award honours the life of lawyer and writer Deborah Cass, who died in 2013.
The Prize, now in its fifth year, has been hailed as an important cultural initiative to bring migrant voices into the mainstream. This year the Prize committee is delighted to welcome two new judges and luminaries of Australian writing, Melanie Cheng and Lee Kofman, to join lawyer and writer Nyadol Nyuon on our judging panel. Publisher Black Inc. will look at the winner’s completed manuscript.
Your donation is vital to help keep the momentum going, allowing a fifth national Prize to be awarded. You will help another writer like our 2017 winner, 23-year old Rafeif Ismail from Perth and from a Sudanese background, or last year’s winner, Sydney-based Karina Ko (pictured), whose parents migrated from Hong Kong before she was born, and whose work the prize judges described as “coherent and captivating, the work of a natural writer.”