Books by Australian women often fail to attract the reviews they deserve in the general and literary media. Not only that, they often do not appear on lists of best books forthcoming from publishing houses. The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge aims to make up some of the difference in numbers of reviews of women and men writers.
The Australian Women Writers Challenge is now in its ninth year. Their website states,
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.AWWC
This is the seventh year I’ve signed up to read and review books by Australian women writers. Some years I do well, and exceed my nominated level. Other years, not so much.
You can read my commitment from last year on the blog I wrote, ‘Nineteen books in 2019 challenge’. That was far too ambitious!
Events outside my control got in the way of reading the number of books I’d nominated. Cataract surgery and the long time that followed until I got new spectacles meant I didn’t read anything much, let alone review. Then my husband had several lots of planned and unplanned surgery, and required care, time and energy. I did not reach my target.
Commitment to read books by Australian women in 2020
This year my commitment to read and review books by Australian women writers will be a more modest six, which I hope to attain with ease. And there is nothing to prevent me from doing more!
Anyone can join
The Australian Women Writers Challenge is open to anyone, not only Australians.
If you are looking for a way to join a community of almost 1000 people who encourage women writers, then this could be the challenge for you. Writing a review can be as complex or simple as you like. There are no judges. You can sign up and find guidelines for writing reviews on the AWWC 2020 website.