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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012

I have come across a reading challenge that I think is fantastic!! 

2012 Challenge

Australian Women Writers 2012 National Year of Reading Challenge

Keen on romance, fantasy, crime, YA, literary, mainstream women's fiction? Contemporary or historical? Memoir, other nonfiction or poetry? 

Whatever your preference, whether you're a fan of one genre or a devoted eclectic, the 2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge invites you to celebrate a year encountering the best of Australian women's writing.

Objective: This challenge hopes to help counteract the gender bias in reviewing and social media newsfeeds that has continued throughout 2011 by actively promoting the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women's writing. (See the page on gender bias for recent discussions.)

Readers should approach this challenge with a spirit of willingness. There are no failures, just personal goals. Reviews can be long or short, favourable or "this book is not for me". Hopefully, along the way, we'll all discover some future classics and perhaps a few surprises among genres we're not familiar with. The main aim is to have fun.

Challenge period:  1 January 2012 -  31 December 2012

Goal: Read and review books written by Australian women writers – hard copies, ebooks and audiobooks, new, borrowed or stumbled upon by book-crossing.

Genre challenges: 
Purist: one genre only
Dabbler: more than one genre
Devoted eclectic: as many genres as you can find
Challenge levels:
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

To know more on the who's, why's, when, and hows, go to the Australian Women's Writers 2012 blog here. This is a wonderful idea and a great opportunity to experience some great Aussie authors.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting the link, Tarran and the team at Castle Plaza Bookshop. Great to see another Aussie bookshop supporting local writing talent in the National Year of Reading 2012. I hope you'll sign up and invite reviews from customers. Maybe AWW should create a special Guest Bookshop badge you could add to your site, and share links to the reviews that appear on your blog? Would that interest you?



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