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What is it?

The 2014 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, Australian and non-Australian, 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, 2014. You can sign up at any time.

How to join

If you have a blog:

  • download the 2014 AWW badge (upper right)
  • create a sign-up post or page for your blog
  • enter your details on our sign-up page (see below).

If you’re a reader and you don’t have a blog, nominate the number of books you plan to read throughout the year and enter your details on our sign-up page. (You may choose to join Goodreads or The Reading Room where you can keep track of your reading and post reviews.)

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

Sign up to AWW 2014 – enter your challenge details.

Link your 2014 review – remember to add links to your reviews (either on your blog or from Goodreads or The Reading Room) throughout the year.

AWW 2014 Challenge Completed – enter your name once you’re finished.

Become more involved

Follow this blog and read the regular roundups, interviews with authors and news which we will publish throughout the year. Visit the blogs of those mentioned in the roundups, and comment on their reviews. Check out the AWW Review Listings Page to find books already reviewed for the challenge (both in 2014 and in previous years). If you’re short of ideas of books to read, visit the AWW bookshelf in Goodreads.

For anyone into social media, follow @auswomenwriters on Twitter and use the #aww2014 hashtag to tweet links to your reviews. Follow #aww2014 for discussions and links of interest to AWW participants.

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Want to learn more about the challenge, including how it came about and discussions on gender bias? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Most of all, have fun reading great books by Australian women.