2021 Shortlist

Now in its seventh year, the Deborah Cass Writing Prize is pleased to announce the 2021 shortlist of nine works by writers from a migrant background.

2021 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing shortlisted writers

The shortlisted writers are CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

Gary ParamanathanThe Dreaming

Gisele WeishanThe Marigold Girl 

Patrick ArulanandamThe Seconds of Holroyd House 

Bryant ApolonioIndependencia 

Mesh TennakoonThe Lollipop Lady 

Sam ElkinMagic Waters 

Chamberlain ZhangSi Bo – Fourth Uncle – Eagle Flight

Irina FrolovaOn the Tail of the Firebird 

Maria KatsabanisMotherlode: Memory, Mothers and Migration 

The Deborah Cass Prize is awarded to an unpublished first- or second-generation migrant writer, of any age and from any state or territory in Australia. The Prize winner will receive $3,000, a three-month mentorship with an established writer, publication of their entry in Mascara Literary Review, and an introduction to Black Inc. publishers for consideration of their finished manuscript.