Since Federation the search began for The Great Australian Novel (TGAN). Well, we became bored with waiting and have lowered our sights a little. Or rather, a lot. We are now looking for The Great Australian Text Message (TGATM) or Gr8 Oz Txt Msg. And you, dear reader, are going to send us your best TGATM. To kick-start your creative juices (Can juices be kick-started? Sounds a bit wet.) we’ve borrowed the Great American Text Messages below from US author, Peter Hyman.
Mo B Dik
Advtrs of HckFin
DQMONT but I thnk ant pol-e wnts 2 sivilize u.
Hd fer the Trtories. Tke the rft Jim dsnt wnt it 2day.
Nick – – Day-z n u shld stp by the prty 2 nite.
Lst manshn on the rgt. Lk fr a ylow atomble.
Ask fr ‘jimmy’
Grps of Rath (my favourite)
Pa n Ma say its awfl dusty out on the rd.
Brng h2o plz. We wl b @ the Bowl.
Stp the bmbng!
Ysarin says thr is a ctch of sme knd
p.s. wher is my 2baco, Milo?
Got the idea? Just think what you can do with My Brilliant Career. It certainly needs TGATM make-over. Or get creative with Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Trout Opera, The Slap, Johnno, The Secret River etc.
Rule 1 – No more than 100 characters (that includes spaces and punctuation).
Rule 2 – Entries have to be received by 5pm, April 30, 2009.
Rule 3 – Text messages can be sent to 0400 3878 77 or you can email your message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to include your name and phone number (it is no good if your phone number appears as a private number).
The best messages will get prizes – the real thing, some Great Australian Novels. The winners also will be posted on our website and appear in our May e-bulletin. And they will appear on-site during the festival.