The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing

The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing is a prize for Australian writers from a migrant background.
It was established in 2015 and we are already having a big impact, with our inaugural winner published in 2018, The Fireflies of Autumn, by Moreno Giovannoni (above, right).
The Prize was designed to help early-career migrant writers get their first book published.
Prize package
  • Cash prize of $3,000 to the winner
  • We fund an established author to provide a three-month mentorship to the winner
  • The winner is introduced to Black Inc, one of Australia’s leading publishers
  • There is also the opportunity for publication of the winning excerpt in Mascara Literary Review
Entries 2018 
The Deborah Cass Prize is open for 2018 entries on Tuesday 4 September 2018 and closes on Tuesday 2 October, via Writers Victoria.
The Prize acknowledges the generosity of all our donors and volunteers, including our judges and shortlist readers. You can make a tax deductible donation here or contact us to volunteer your services.
Our inaugural judging panel comprised three esteemed figures in Australian literature, film and TV: Tony Ayers, Alice Pung and Christos Tsiolkas.
Writers Victoria administers the application process and promotes the prize through its networks and national writers organisation peers.