In the politically correct 21st Century, everybody wins a prize.
Monday, November 10, 2008 at 10:24am
Congratulations to Melbourne playwright and screenwriter John Romeril:
Romeril, 63, was announced yesterday as the latest winner of the Patrick White Award for writers judged not to have received adequate recognition for their work.
Shouldn’t that award have gone to someone who didn’t win it?
Emphasis by blog author.
Plenty of comments follow, but this one is gold:
What?!? Why, my stuff lies veritably buried in obscurity, unread by hundreds of millions, scoffed at by publishers who denigrate its lack of ennui, alienation and existentialist “oomph!”, scorned by academics who view it as a specimen of literary whoopee cushion. I demand a prize for stoically maintaining my position in the midst of the lowing herd!
The fact that there is a "hard-done-by writers' award" is still sort of boggling me.