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Inaugural Deborah Cass Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for Writers Victoria’s inaugural Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds has been announced.

The shortlisted works are:

  • ‘Scent of Sousan and Yasaman’ by Sanaz Fotouhi
  • ‘Losing my Religion’ by Fatima Sehbai
  • ‘A Peci for Mamadou’ by Tito Ambyo
  • ‘One Arabian Night’ by Maha Sidaoui
  • ‘The Autumn Limes of Amoo’ by Emilia Nazari
  • ‘The Shape of Your Song’ by Magdalena McGuire
  • ‘Peacekeeper’ by Rumiko Commons
  • ‘The Debt’ by Christine Lambrianidis
  • ‘Australia Day’ by Melanie Cheng
  • ‘Tales From San Ginese’ by Moreno Giovannoni.

Entrants will be judged on a 3000-word extract from an unpublished manuscript that ‘reflects at least in part on the migrant experience’. The winning author will receive $3000 and a three-month mentorship with an established writer, and Black Inc. will ‘consider the resulting manuscript’ for publication.

The judging panel for the award includes Tony Ayers, Alice Pung and Christos Tsiolkas. For more information, visit the Writers Victoria website here.



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