The Australian Women Writers Challenge was set up to help overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women. The challenge encourages avid readers and book bloggers, male and female, living in or outside Australia, to read and review books by Australian women throughout the year. You don’t have to be a writer to sign up. You can choose to read and review, or read only. (Suggestions for what makes a good review can be found here.)
The challenge will run from Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016. You can sign up throughout the year till the end of November.
How to join
If you have a blog or other social media sharing site:
- download the 2016 AWW badge (right)
- create a sign-up post for your blog or home page
- enter your details in the sign-up form below.*
If you’re a reader and you don’t have a blog, just nominate the number of books you plan to read throughout the year and share your reading on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter (see relevant links below). You can also join Goodreads or The Reading Room where you can keep track of your reading and share with others.
Choose your level:
- Stella: read 4 – if reviewing, review at least 3
- Miles: read 6 – if reviewing, review at least 4
- Franklin: read 10 – if reviewing, review at least 6
- Create your own challenge: nominate your own goal
- We’re also putting together an AWW Bingo card and, if we can attract sponsorship, there might be prizes – so watch this space!
To sign up to #AWW2016, enter your challenge details in the form below. Please include the optional additional information where relevant – it’ll help us get to know you. (*Note: your information will not be used for any non-AWW-related activity.)
Througout the year: link your reviews
Each time you read and review a book, add a link to your review on the AWW Link Your Review page. Our volunteers will choose selected reviews to add to their monthly roundup of reviews in different genres.
When you’ve finished your challenge, please write a sign-up post and enter your details on our “Challenge Completed” page.
Want to become more involved?
Follow this blog to receive regular roundups of reviews linked to the challenge, interviews with authors and news which we will publish throughout the year. (If enough people express an interest, we may also create an occasional newsletter to notify participants of competitions and other relevant news.)
Feel free to follow and comment on blogs participating in the AWW challenge. You might even like to add links to others’ reviews in your own posts: this will help to broaden the discussion of books by Australian women and help to create a reading and reviewing community.
Check out the AWW Review Search Page to find books already reviewed for the challenge.
If you’re short of ideas of books to read, visit the AWW bookshelf in Goodreads.
You might also like to join:
- Australian Women Writers Challenge group on Goodreads
- Australian Women Writers Facebook page.
- Australian Women Writers Google+ page.
If you have other ideas you’d like to share as to how we could build a thriving reading and reviewing community, please let us know via our AWW contact page.
Most of all, have fun reading great books by Australian women and share what you discover with your friends!
If you’d like to learn more about the challenge, including how it came about and discussions on gender bias, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.