Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge

We're going to be taking part in the Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge. The idea is to read and review as many books by Australian women that we can this year. Given that there will be more than one person blogging here in 2012, we've signed up for Franklin-Fantastic, which means we have to read at least 10 and review at least 4 books. I reckon we can smash this challenge!

This year is going to be a great one for Australian women writers with not only this challenge, but the launch of the Stella Prize and the National Year of Reading bringing an opportunity to promote and raise awareness of some of the fantastic books being written by Australian women.

Last year at Shearer's we had a wonderful response to Australian women's writing, with Geraldine Brooks' Caleb's Crossing becoming our bestselling fiction title of the year and with books like Favel Parrett's Past the Shallows, Gail Jones' Five Bells and Mette Jakobsen's The Vanishing Act reaching bestseller status and becoming big book club hits.

Head over the Australian Women Writers website if you'd like to sign up for the challenge yourself. We look forward to sharing the great books we read with you through the year! 


  1. Bravo to all supporters of Australian women writers!

  2. Dear Shearers staff,

    I’m writing on behalf of the Australian Women Writers Challenge team and would like to thank you for your participation in the AWW challenge this year. I was also wondering if you’ve seen our feedback survey?

    It's very quick (10 questions, mostly check boxes, takes 2 minutes), and will provide useful feedback to Bookseller & Publisher.

    Even if you didn't reach your goal this year, your feedback is valued, and I hope you'll join us again for AWW Challenge 2013.

    Kind regards,