The Meanjin Tournament
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.
Mandy Brett is a senior editor with Text Publishing, where she has worked since 2002.
Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. Anna’s writing has been published in The Monthly, the Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue. In 2014 she won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and 2018 she received a Sidney Myer Fellowship. Act of Grace, her debut novel, is out now.
First Dog on the Moon is the internationally renowned, Walkley Award-winning and also very humble cartoonist for the Guardian Australia. First Dog's latest collection, A Treasury of Cartoons, has just been released and is really quite good.
Anson Cameron has written five critically acclaimed novels. He lives in Melbourne where he writes a column for The Age newspaper.
Louise Adler is the chief executive of Melbourne University Publishing. She is the deputy chair of the Book Industry Strategy Group and a deputy chancellor of Monash University.