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 sixth year, has been hailed as an important cultural initiative to bring migrant voices into the mainstream. The Prize committee is delighted to announce that luminaries of Australian writing, Melanie Cheng and Lee Kofman, will be joining us once again to judge the 2020 Prize. We also extend a warm welcome to new judge, Perth-based South African writer, Sisonke Msimang. Publisher Black Inc. will look at the winner’s completed manuscript.
These are difficult times for artists, especially those starting out. The Prize will help a talented emerging writer access professional support and find a new audience, like 2019 winner Janette Chen (pictured), whom the judges praised for her ‘mastery of the short story form, including her capacity to write a good ending’ and her ‘effortless sense of humour’.
Your donation is vital to help keep the momentum of the Prize going, allowing a sixth national Prize to be awarded to another exciting new voice in 2020.