2020 Shortlist

Now in its sixth year, the Deborah Cass Writing Prize is pleased to announce the 2020 shortlist of nine works by writers from a migrant background.

This year the prize received 109 entries from four states: New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria.

  • Geetha Balakrishnan, ‘Oluwale, My God Has Come Home’ (Sri Lanka – Tamil)
  • Pinchas Birnbaum, ‘In His Father’s Footsteps’ (Europe, Israel & New Zealand)
  • Johanna Ellersdorfer, ‘Threads’ (Austrian, Macedonian and Croatian)
  • Olivia Guntarik, ‘Stitching Time’ (Malaysia – Indigenous Borneo)
  • ES Liew, ‘The Gatherer’ (Chinese-Malaysian)
  • Nadia Mahjouri Booker, ‘Moroccan Blood’ (Morocco)
  • Dasha Maiorova, ‘Birch’ (Russia)
  • Anith Mukherjee, ‘I Am Full Of Love’ (Bengal)
  • Sahib Nazar, ‘Alone Together’ (Afghanistan)

Our nine shortlisted writers are: Line 1, left to right: ES (Eunice) Liew (VIC); Johanna Ellersdorfer (NSW); Anith Mukherjee (NSW).

Line 2: Geetha Balakrishnan (NSW); Sahib Nazari (QLD); Dasha Maiorova (NSW), Birch.

Line 3: Olivia Guntarik (VIC); Pinchas Birnbaum (VIC); Nadia Mahjouri Booker (TAS).

Read more here.