2017 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing seeks works of authors from diverse backgrounds

A renowned literary competition that aims to showcase emerging Australian writers from migrant backgrounds is now open for entries.

Named in memory ofDeborah Cass, the Deborah Cass Prize for Writing is now in its third year and is seeking both fiction and non-fiction works of up to 3000 words in length. Previously a Victorian competition, the 2017 Prize is now open to authors from across Australia to enter.

This year’s winning prize consists of:
· a cash sum of $3,000
· a three-month mentorship with an established writer
· the opportunity for the winning manuscript to be presented to Black Inc. Books
· the opportunity for winning excerpt to be published in the Mascara Literary Review

Submissions for the Prize close at 5.00pm on 16 October 2017.

The competition will be judged by leading Australian writers Christos Tsolkias, Alice Pung and Tony Ayres, with the shortlist announced in November, and the winner announced in December.

Past winners include Moreno Giovanni, whose book Tales of San Ginese will be published in 2018, and Jean Bachoura, who won the prize for his story Night Falls. Also of note is the 2015 runner-up, Melanie Cheng, who has just published her first short story collection, Australia Day.

Find out more at the Deborah Cass Prize for Writing website.