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.