Record number of entries for 2018

The 2018 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing has closed, with a record of 92 entries from around Australia. You can join us at the 2018 award night on Wednesday 5th December – sign up to our mailing list here.


The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing is a prize for Australian writers from a migrant background.

It was established in 2015 and we are already having a big impact, with our inaugural winner published in 2018, The Fireflies of Autumn, by Moreno Giovannoni (above, right).
The Prize was designed to help early-career migrant writers get their first book published.
Prize package
  • Cash prize of $3,000 to the winner
  • We fund an established author to provide a three-month mentorship to the winner
  • The winner is introduced to Black Inc, one of Australia’s leading publishers
  • There is also the opportunity for publication of the winning excerpt in Mascara Literary Review
The Prize acknowledges the generosity of all our donors and volunteers, including our judges and shortlist readers. You can make a tax deductible donation here or contact us to volunteer your services.
Our inaugural judging panel comprised three esteemed figures in Australian literature, film and TV: Tony Ayers, Alice Pung and Christos Tsiolkas.
Writers Victoria administers the application process and promotes the prize through its networks and national writers organisation peers.


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