The shortlist for the 2015 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced and four of the five titles are by women writers. The shortlist was chosen from a longlist of 10; seven of those were written by women.

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The shortlisted titles are:

  • The Golden Age (Joan London, Vintage)
  • Drones and Phantoms (Jennifer Maiden, Giramondo)
  • Earth Hour (David Malouf, UQP)
  • When the Night Comes (Favel Parrett, Hachette)
  • Nest (Inga Simpson, Hachette).

As of 5 May 2015, AWW Challenge reviewers had already posted 23 reviews of shortlisted titles so you have plenty of choice! Links appear below.

The Golden Age Joan London

The Golden Age by Joan London has been reviewed by nine AWW Challenge reviewers:

Kate @ Booksaremyfavouriteandbest | Karen M | Angela @ Welcome to my Library | Jonathan Shaw
Maureen Helen | Janine Rizzetti (resident Judge Of Port Phillip) |Robyne Young | Brenda and Emily Paull Aka The Incredible Rambling Elimy

Favel Parrett, When the night comes

When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett has clocked up a total of eight reviews by: Jonathan Shaw | Louise @ A Strong Belief In Wicker | Carol@ Reading Writing And Riesling | Robyne Young | Kathryn Goldie | Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out | Brenda | Kate @ Booksaremyfavouriteandbest


Nest by Inga Simpson has been reviewed by six AWW Challenge participants:

Marcia – Book Muster Down Under | Carolyn | Maree Kimberley | Lisa Walker | Brenda | Emily Paull


Poetry readers/reviewers, please get busy as we’d love to hear what you think of Jennifer Maiden’s Drones and Phantoms.

The ALS Gold Medal is presented annually by the ASAL for a ‘work of outstanding literary merit’ published in the previous calendar year. Last year’s winner was Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book (Giramondo).

The winner will be announced at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) conference in July.

Disclaimer: When prompted to ‘set featured image’ for this post,  how could I choose? I decided to honour one of our wonderful women writers, the great Eleanor Dark. She won the ALS Gold Medal in 1934 for Prelude to Christopher and again in 1936 for Return to Coolami.

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