The Deborah Cass Prize was established in 2015 by Deborah’s friends and family. Deborah Cass (1960-2013) made significant contributions to legal scholarship, which were  acknowledged with two significant events after her death, the London Review of Law Annual Lecture at the London School of Economics and a symposium at the Australian National University law School, 13-14 August 2015.

Deborah Cass focused on creative writing after retiring from her academic position. One of her short stories, ‘Her beauty as a sword’, was published by Etchings magazine. Deborah had always taken a literary approach to writing and this gave her space to reflect on her own life and background. As the granddaughter of European refugees, we felt that Deborah would like one of her legacies to be the nurture of a writing talent in someone new to Australian culture.

The Deborah Cass Memorial Fund was established thanks to generous donations given at the time of her funeral.

For more details about the prize and to submit an entry, go to – https://writersvictoria.org.au/calendar/competitions/deborah-cass-prize

Otherwise, email deborahcasswritingprize@gmail.com

Organising Committee

Tanya Patston

Moreno Giovannoni

Melanie Cheng

Victoria Marles

Caroline Jordan

James Button

Kevin Murray

Dan Cass


You can transfer funds directly:

Account name: Deborah Cass Memorial Fund
ANZ South Melbourne
BSB: 013435
Account number: 3381-67123

Please send us an email so we can know who it is from and acknowledge your contribution.

Thank you!

Deborah Cass Prize Ltd

ABN 30 628 179 233

Registered Office: Level 3, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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