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Deborah Cass Prize 2020 shortlist announced

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

The shortlisted works and their authors are:

  • ‘Oluwale, My God Has Come Home’ by Geetha Balakrishnan (NSW)
  • ‘In His Father’s Footsteps’ by Pinchas Birnbaum (Vic)
  • ‘Threads’ Johanna Ellersdorfer (NSW)
  • ‘Stitching Time’ by Olivia Guntarik (Vic)
  • ‘The Gatherer’ by E S Liew (Vic)
  • ‘Moroccan Blood’ by Nadia Mahjouri Booker (Tas)
  • ‘Birch’ by Dasha Maiorova (NSW)
  • ‘I Am Full Of Love’ by Anith Mukherjee (NSW)
  • ‘Alone Together’ by Sahib Nazari (QLD).

The winning author will receive $3000 and a three-month mentorship with an established writer, and Black Inc. will consider their manuscript for publication. The winner of last year’s prize was Janette Chen for her manuscript extract ‘Wall of Men’.

Now in its sixth year, the 2020 prize received a record number of submissions, with the shortlist selected from over 100 entries. The judging panel for the award comprises writers Melanie Cheng, Lee Kofman and Sisonke Msimang.

The 2020 winner will be announced in late November. For more information, visit the Deborah Cass Prize website.


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