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The Meanjin Tournament

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The inaugural Meanjin Tournament was a literary stoush like no other. The idea behind the tournaments is to pit classics against each other to determine one true candidate for the Great Australian Novel. Louise Adler, First Dog on the Moon (aka Andrew Marlton), Mandy Brett, Anson Cameron and Anna Krien launched the Tournament for 2011, announcing the shortlisted 15 books and asking the audience to vote for a 16th contender.

The Meanjin Tournament of Books is not your typical literary prize. It’s a sports tournament for people who don’t like sports, a literary smackdown that pits book against book in a bloody battle for ultimate victory. This year the shortlist is limited to novels by Australian women, of any era.

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