I’m chuffed that my piece “Today on Dr Phil” – from my first book Look Who’s Morphing – has been included in the Meanjin Tournament of Books 2012. As described on the tournament’s web page, the tournament works like this:
From next Monday until the end of December we will be pitting Australian short stories against each other in a battle that has been described in the past as ‘gruesome’, ‘vicious’ and ‘a bit mean’. Sixteen illustrious judges are given two short stories to read, they must pick the victor of the two, and tell us why. Victors go on to the next round. Losers fall by the wayside, consigned to the dustbin of history.
As the cliche goes, there can be only one winner, but let’s face it, not-winning will mean joining a fine collection of losers in the dustbin:
‘Squeakers Mate’, Barbara Baynton
‘The Promise’, Tony Birch
‘Five Acre Virgin’, Elizabeth Jolley
‘Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice’, Nam Le
‘A,B,C,D—Z’, Murray Bail
‘American Dreams’, Peter Carey
‘Static’, Cate Kennedy
‘The Annual Conference of 1930 and South Coast Dada’, Frank Moorhouse
‘Hunting the Wild Pineapple’, Thea Astley
‘Today on Dr Phil’, Tom Cho
‘Darling Odile’, Beverley Farmer
‘Any Dog’, Sonya Hartnett
‘The Drover’s Wife’, Henry Lawson
‘In the Mornings We Would Sometimes Hear Him Singing’, Josephine Rowe
‘It’s Too Difficult to Explain’, Tara June Winch
‘Happiness’, Katherine Susannah Prichard
It’s a bit surreal, really, because I remember studying works by many of these authors as an undergraduate.
Good luck to all involved and thanks to those who suggested my work!