The 2018 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing Award has been won by Karina Ko for her story, ‘Things I Used to Believe’.
Judges Christos Tsiolkas, Nyadol Nyuon and Tony Ayres described Karina’s story, a prose poem about the ghosts who stalk the lives of children and adults in a family divided between two cultures, as “coherent and captivating, the work of a natural writer.”
Karina (pictured), whose parents migrated from Hong Kong before she was born, is an Arts-Law graduate from Sydney who is working on a collection of short stories. Karina told us:
“As with most pursuits that we care about, I experience some self-doubt with my writing. This is one of the first times that I’ve shared my writing outside my little circle. It has also connected me with other writers so that we can encourage and motivate each other. Thank you so much to everyone involved for making this prize happen.”
All three finalists received their awards from ABC presenter and Meanjin editor Jonathan Green at a well-attended and lively presentation of the fourth Prize at Abbotsford Convent.