Australian Women Writers Challenge 2018

Sign Up for 2018


Welcome to the 7th 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, 2018. You can sign up throughout the year till 30 November 2018.

If you’re already familiar with the challenge and its aims, jump to the sign-up form below. Otherwise, read on.

How to join

Please 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. Also, if you’re on Facebook, consider joining our new Facebook group. (We’re hoping to create something more interactive than the current AWW Facebook page.) You can also join our Goodreads group and follow us on Twitter @auswomenwriters.

  • save the 2018 AWW badge (on the right)
  • 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 authors who mini-blog on Twitter. It all helps 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 e.g. “Classics Challenge”.


Books I Reviewed for the Challenge:

The Upside of Over – J.D. Barrett

Book of Colours – Robyn Cadwallader

Second Sight – Aoife Clifford

Path to the Night Sea – Alicia Gilmore

The Escape Room – Megan Goldin

The Cowgirl – Anthea Hodgson

The Portrait of Molly Dean – Katherine Kovacic

The Three of Us – Kim Lock

A Place to Remember – Jenn J McLeod

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

True Blue -Sasha Wasley

Return to Roseglen – Helene Young