About the Deborah Cass Prize

Deborah Cass

The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing 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.

Enter the Prize

For more information about the prize, including how to submit an entry, go to: https://writersvictoria.org.au/calendar/competitions/deborah-cass-prize

Support the Prize

The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing exists due to the support of donors. We are a small volunteer-run prize and are very appreciative of all donations, be they small or substantial. Together we work to provide emerging writers of talent with opportunities.  We would like to thank in particular the Hart Line Fund (a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation), Professor Jenny Morgan and Professor Cheryl Saunders for their very generous ongoing support.

Donations made via the Australian Cultural Fund are tax deductible: https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/deborah-cass-prize-2020/

Alternatively you can transfer funds directly:

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

Please tell us you’ve donated (deborahcassprize@gmail.com) so we can acknowledge your contribution.  Thank you!

Contact Us

To contact the Deborah Cass Prize for Writing please email: deborahcassprize@gmail.com

Join our mailing list to keep in touch via our e-newsletter (no more than bi-monthly).

Follow us on Twitter @PrizeCass

2020 Organising Committee

  • Dan Cass
  • Caroline Jordan
  • Victoria Marles
  • Kevin Murray
  • Tania Patston
  • Helen Stitt

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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