Australian Women Writers’ challenge 2013

The 2012 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge was an outstanding experience for me. The cause was worthy – challenging the lack of critical attention for Australian women authors. The personal benefits were fantastic – providing the impetus to expand my exposure to interesting authors I hadn’t had the chance to experience

As you can see from my “Mission Accomplished?” post from earlier in the year, I was able to meet the challenge goal of reading and reviewing at least 10 books by Australian women writers. I stuck to the speculative fiction genre. That’s how I roll.

I enjoyed the challenge so much, I’ve decided to give it a go again in 2013. The AWWC website has been revamped and the subscription process much fancier as a result. Inspired by this sophisticated example of web-based renewal I have decided to stretch myself and undertake exactly the same challenge as 2012.

You heard me. Exactly. The. Same.

So I’ll be undertaking the Franklin challenge (read 10 books, review at least 6) and all those books will be in the speculative fiction field. Some may call me stale and unable to embrace change. I view myself as a man on a quest for perfection, willing to put in the hard yards to refine my reviewing art to its most pure and potent form.

If you are inspired by my willingness to scale new heights of reviewing goodness, you should head over to the AWWC 2013 sign up page and join me in another year of spreading the word about some of the great writing by Australian women authors.

Edit 5/1/2014:

My current intended reading list (and status):

  1. Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott – complete: review here
  2. A Trifle Dead by Livia Day – complete: review here
  3. Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L. Hannett
  4. The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan
  5. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
  6. Suited by Jo Anderton – complete: review here
  7. Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres – complete: review here
  8. Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier
  9. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina – complete: review here
  10. Black Glass by Meg Mundell – complete: review here
  11. The Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills – complete: review here
  12. Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer – complete: review here
  13. New Ceres Nights edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely – complete: review here
  14. Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott – complete: review here
  15. Witches Incorporated by K. E. Mills – complete: review here
  16. Wizard Squared by K. E. Mills – complete: review here
  17. Wizard Undercover by K. E. Mills – complete: review here

Author: mark

A writer of speculative fiction and all round good egg. Well, mostly good. OK, sometimes good.

6 thoughts on “Australian Women Writers’ challenge 2013”

    1. Sean and, Glad to see you're doing it again. So, am I, looking forward to reading your reviews. What books are you looking forward to reading?

      1. I don't know about Sean, but I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Twelve Planets series from Twelfth Planet Press, I haven't had a chance to read Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa Hannett yet and I'm really looking forward to Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott (due out early next year). I also would like to read some of Margo Lanagan's back catalogue, my lack of familiarity with Lanagan's earlier work seems to contribute to a gap in my speculative fiction street cred. There are a lot more – that's just what jumps to mind!


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