The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing will be awarded to  an early career writer of a non-English speaking background. Deborah 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.

Deborah Cass’ (1960-2013) contributions to legal scholarship are currently being acknowledged with two significant events, 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.

The Deborah Cass Memorial Fund was established thanks to generous donations given at the time of her funeral. This fund will support new work in the field that absorbed so much of her interest in later life, creative writing, as well as her commitment to justice.

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



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