The Australian Women Writers website began life as a reading and reviewing challenge in 2012. Its purpose was to promote reviewing of books by Australian women and was inspired, in part, by the statistical evidence supplied by the VIDA report, and later the Stella Count, that works by women were less likely than works by men to be reviewed in mainstream media and literary journals.

The AWW reading and reviewing challenge lasted for 10 years and and helped to bring attention to works by Australian women in all genres. The challenge was initially coordinated by Elizabeth Lhuede and later by Theresa Smith, and along the way many bloggers, authors and academics have played a part in the project. You can find a list of past AWW team members here.

From 2022, the website will no longer host a challenge for works by contemporary authors, but will instead focus on 19th- and 20th-century authors who may not have achieved prominence in their lifetimes, or whose works have been forgotten and/or overlooked. The reading and reviewing activity initiated by the challenge will continue in our Facebook groups, Love Reading Books by Aussie Women and Australian Women Writers News and Events.