Dear Friends of the Deborah Cass Writing Prize,
Five aspiring writers from migrant backgrounds have been shortlisted for the 2016 Deborah Cass Prize.
Now in its second year, the prize was established in the memory of Melbourne writer Deborah Cass and supports unpublished authors from a migrant background to find a voice and to encourage them to finish and publish their work.
The shortlisted writers are:
- Edita Mujkic
- Jean Bachoura
- Katerina Craven
- Linda Judge
- Monica Raszewski
The shortlisting panel said they were once again pleased with the number of entries and the quality of the five shortlisted stories.
“We are again excited to see how the shortlisted pieces show a powerful personal engagement with the migrant experience and use vivid writing to illuminate that experience,” the panel said.
“Whether the writers are migrants or their children, their writing reveals not only the joy, displacement, fulfilment and pain of migration but Australia’s deep and enduring connections to the rest of the world.”
The winning writer will receive a cash prize of $3000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. The manuscript will be presented to a publisher.
About Deborah Cass
The granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, Deborah became a prize-winning professor of International Law at the London School of Economics. After being diagnosed with cancer, Deborah left her academic career and focused on creative writing. She had a number of short fiction pieces published, but was unable to realise her aim to complete a novel. With generous support from family and friends, this prize aims to help someone outside the mainstream find a voice for themselves.
You are warmly invited to attend the award event:
What: 2016 Deborah Cass Writing Prize announcement
Who: Tony Ayres, representing the judges
When: Tuesday 13 December 6.00 pm
Where: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street Fitzroy
Prize – Kate Larsen (Writers Victoria) 03 9094 7836
Event – Naomi Cass (Centre for Contemporary Photography) 03 9417 1549