Welcome to the 10th year of the Australian Women Writers Challenge!
The AWW 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. (Our guidelines for what makes a good review can be found here.)
The challenge will run from Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2021. You can sign up anytime throughout the year up until the 30th November 2021.
How to join:
Start by following the AWW blog via email, if you aren’t already following. Feel free to comment on AWW posts throughout the year – this encourages our volunteers and helps to create a sense of community.
If you’re on Facebook, our Love Reading Books by Aussie Women group offers a vibrant and interactive experience and we encourage all participants to join.
- save the 2021 AWW badge
- create a sign-up post for your blog or in one of our social media groups
- enter your details in the sign-up form below. (Note: your information will not be used for any non-AWW-related activity.)
If you want to read only, rather than review, simply nominate the number of books you plan to read throughout the year and share your reading on social media as you can. I know a number of readers who mini-blog on Twitter or in the Love Reading Books by Aussie Women group. It all helps to spread the word about our talented Aussie women writers.
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
To sign up to #AWW2021, enter your challenge details in the form at the bottom of this page. Please include the optional additional information where relevant – it’ll help us get to know you.
Throughout 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 volunteer editors choose selected reviews to add to their monthly roundup of reviews in different genres.
When you’ve finished your challenge, please write a completion post and enter your details on our “Challenge Completed” page.
Become more involved:
If you follow this blog, you’ll receive regular roundups of reviews linked to the challenge, interviews with authors and news which we will publish throughout the year.
Also, please 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.
If you’re on Twitter, follow @auswomenwriters and use the #aww2021 hashtag to tweet links to your reviews, and to share in discussions of interest to AWW participants.
You might also like to join:
- Australian Women Writers Challenge group on Goodreads
- Love Reading Books by Aussie Women Facebook group
- Australian Women Writers Facebook 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!
For more information, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.