Deborah Cass Prize

Monday, July 27, 2015
Writers Victoria and the Deborah Cass Prize Committee

Photo of Deborah Cass

Each year, early career writers of migrant background are invited to apply for the Deborah Cass prize.

The prize is in the memory of Deborah Cass. The granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, Deborah Cass became a prize-winning professor of International Law at the London School of Economics. After diagnosis of cancer, Deborah left her academic career and focused on creative writing. She had a number of short fiction pieces published, but was unable to realise her aim to complete a novel. With generous support from family and friends, this prize aims to help someone outside the mainstream find a voice for themselves.

The winner receives a cash prize of $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. 

Key dates

  • Applications for the 2021 prize open Friday 9 July. For more information, visit this page.

The 2021 judges will be Melanie Cheng, Lee Kofman, and Sisonke Msimang.

If you have any queries about the prize, please don't hesitate to email us

Past winners


Anith Mukherjee


Janette Chen


Karina Ko


Rafeif Ismail


Jean Bachoura


Moreno Giovannoni