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Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013

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Never let the facts get in the way of a great read
The days are beginning to shorten, and there is a definite chill in the evening air. Afternoons snuggled up against the chill with good book in hand beckon. What better time to sign up to the Australian Women Writers 2013 challenge?

The AWWC welcomes anyone who enjoys reading, be they male, female, reader, writer, teacher, librarian, bookseller, publisher, Australian and non-Australian.

So why Australian Women Writers (I hear you ask)? Simply put, in terms of opportunities and exposure, women writers remain the poor relation. It is salient to read the statistics, which reveal books by female authors are far less likely to be reviewed and promoted than those by men.

This fact is even more disheartening when one learns women are more likely to purchase, recommend and read books. Don't believe it? The evidence speaks for itself. Read the sorry truth here.

But enough of the grumpy stuff. Now you're up to speed, here's how the challenge works. Readers pledge to read a certain number of books by Australian women writers, according to their circumstances and interest.

Readers can opt to simply read, or double the fun by following up their reading with a review. And there is a great deal of flexibility. Stella will have you reading 4 books and if you review, reviewing at least three, Miles means reading 6 books and if you review, reviewing at least 4, and for Franklin, you read 10, and review at least 6.

But that's not all. In a first for the AWWC, you can now nominate your own goal, and go as gently or as hard as you will. Perhaps your book group can sign up?

If you are a blogger, have a Facebook or Twitter account, or are involved in Good Reads, you can publish your thoughts widely.
Suggestions for great reads are available on the website in various interest and genre categories.

Even if you don't sign up, you can participate in by visiting and commenting on people's review pages and blogs. You'll find lists of books reviewed both for 2012 and 2013 on the AWW Review Listings page.

Find out more here.
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I'm a part of the AWW Challenge this year and enjoying it immensely :)
by Sue Stevenson (score: 2|569) 3052 days ago
Sounds like a good way to get people involved in reading.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2977 days ago
Great Article. I agree with Bryony - it is a great way to get people involved.
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 2920 days ago
I'm finding i. Am devouring books more and more based on something about the title, synopsis that touches me. On. Reflection, have realised many of those books are by women. My tastes are eclectic, and i' m pleased to see many women authors in my collection, without intention from me..
by e_law (score: 2|444) 2832 days ago
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