Deborah Cass Prize for Writing

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Deborah Cass Prize for Writing 2017

The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing is for emerging writers of any age from a migrant background to tell stories that reflect on the migrant experience in Australia.

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The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing recognises that the voices of refugees, asylum seekers and first or second-generation migrants may need special nurturing to be brought to a wider audience. The winner receives prize money and a mentorship with an established writer to help them bring a full-length manuscript to publication.

We are a new Prize, now in our third year. So far the Prize has attracted over one hundred individual entries and has helped establish the careers of two new writers. We are excited to have the support of a prestigious judging panel acclaimed for their powerful representation of migrant voices in the mainstream – film and TV writer/producer Tony Ayres and authors Alice Pung and Christos Tsiolkas – and noted publisher Black Inc., which will look at the winner’s completed manuscript.

The Prize is run by volunteers, entirely on donations from the community. We need your donation now to guarantee the Prize will run again successfully in 2017 and hopefully to secure a base for the future.

Your donation will be used exclusively towards the prize money, the cost of mentorship and prize administration.

The first winner, Moreno Giovannoni, used his prize money to go back to his father’s village in Italy. Moreno finished his novel there and it is coming out this year. 2016’s prize-winner is 27-year-old Jean Bachoura (pictured) who is working on a novel set between war-torn Syria and Melbourne.

Now, more than ever, we need to support fresh migrant voices like these to be heard in the mainstream. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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The Deborah Cass Prize is named for Melbourne-born Deborah Cass (1960-2013), a brilliant academic lawyer with an international career. Deborah was also a published short-story writer and aspiring novelist.

It was this passion that she returned to after being diagnosed with cancer. After Deborah died, her family and friends established a prize that they felt would honour Deborah’s commitment to social justice and her lifelong love of the written word.

The Prize is for emerging writers from a migrant background to tell stories that reflect on the migrant experience in Australia. It recognises that the voices of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants may need special nurturing to be brought to a wider audience. This is why it offers not only a cash prize – which we hope to grow in the future – but also a mentorship with an established writer, with the aim of helping the winner develop a full-length manuscript for publication.

The prize is currently supported by a judging panel acclaimed for their powerful representation of migrant voices in the mainstream and by noted publisher Black Inc., which will consider the resulting manuscript. Please help us help new migrant voices to be heard.

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Sleena Wilson

NSW
AA

Antony Anghie

VIC
AS

Adrienne Stone

VIC
MG

Maureen Grierson

VIC
TP

Tania Patston

VIC
TP

Tania Patston

VIC
SC

Sarah Curnow

VIC
SB

Steven Bardy

NSW
JG

Jarrah Gurrie

California
GC

Gina Cass-Gottlieb

NSW
ST

sara thorn

VIC
BF

Bardas Foundation

VIC
AC

Australian Communities Foundation

VIC
JF

Joanne Finkelstein

NSW
MG

Moreno Giovannoni

VIC
DC

Irene and Alec Cass

VIC
AD

Anne Davie

VIC
GL

gerard lethbridge

VIC
JF

jeaf forster

VIC
KA

Kate Sands

VIC
SG

Sandra Goldbloom Zurbo

VIC
KW

KRISTEN WALKER

VIC
JC

Jennifer Clarke

ACT
HF

Helen Frajman

VIC
MB

Mary Bram

VIC
FE

frank eastwood

VIC
BS

bella shulman

VIC
NM

Natalie Miller

VIC
NB

Nicolas Brasch

VIC
TG

Yarra Bank Film Pty Ltd

NSW
FR

Ms

VIC
JA

James Button

VIC
GD

Garry Disher

VIC
MC

Michael Crommelin

VIC
VM

2017

VIC
CS

Cheryl Saunders

VIC
SC

Susan Cheng

VIC
SY

Stephanie Youssef

NSW
MB

Marjorie Button

VIC
MC

Melanie Cheng

VIC

World Crafts Council - Australia

VIC
SC

Sharon Connolly

TAS
JE

Jean Bachoura

VIC
CJ

Caroline Jordan

VIC
AD

Annabel Davies

VIC
TP

Tania Patston

VIC