- Gender in Publishing: AWW2012 challenge
- Alexandra Pierce on the AWW challenge
- Jen Mills: On Books and Gender
- Meg Mundell: Gender issues in publishing
- Michael Pryor on the AWW challenge
- Nicole Murphy: Why we need women writers
- Sean McMullen: From Science Fantasy To Galileo
- Sean Williams on the AWW challenge
- Nalini Haynes: On Gender Parity
- Australian Women Writers Challenge
Michael Pryor on the AWW challenge
Michael Pryor is a best-selling author of fantasy for teenagers. He has published over thirty novels and more than 50 short stories. He has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award six times, and five of his books have been CBCA Notable books. His website is here. Michael responds to issues around the AWW challenge.
Thanks for asking me to be involved with this. I’m ambivalent about the whole issue and I’d probably say that my views aren’t entirely formed.
I’m not participating in the AWWC for the simple reason that I don’t like to limit my reading choices. My reading is too precious to me to circumscribe it in any way.
How do I think the AWWC has impacted on the reading and writing communities in Australia? It’s hard to say, but it means that – potentially – my books are being read less. Naturally, I don’t think that’s a good thing!
I also worry that the debate that has spawned the AWWC tends to focus on lit fic, and ignores the different landscape in other areas of writing/reading. In YA fiction, where I write, the situation is most likely quite different.
13 March 2012