Given that this is also the National Year of Reading, it’s also a good opportunity to promote women writers- and there are so many great writers too! A recent article in The Age recounted the issue of literary sexism, where women’s writing is not considered good enough to merit literary awards. The challenge’s purpose is to widely promote Australian female authors through the review process.
The challenge period is between January 2012-December 2012. Quoting from the site:
Purist: one genre only
Dabbler: more than one genre
Devoted eclectic: as many genres as you can find
Challenge levels: Some readers have complained that the original challenge levels were too easy, so “casual” and “dedicated” levels have been added here.
Stella (read 3 and review at least 2 books)
Miles (read 6 and review at least 3)*
Franklin-fantastic (read 10 and review at least 4 books)*
* The higher levels should include at least one substantial length review
Source http://www.australianwomenwriters.com/p/australian-women-writers-book-challenge_25.html accessed 22/1/2012
Blog posts can be posted on GoodReads, on the Australian Woman Writers Website and will also be promoted on Twitter at
@AusWomenWriters. I’ll be reviewing on the blog and posting on the website, as well as on Twitter.
I’m more of a devoted eclectic and am aspiring to be a Franklin-fantastic!