If you’re an Australian woman in the literary arts, the following initiatives, organisations and resources might be of interest to you. If you have a resource that you would like to add to our list, please email us or leave a comment below.

  • #writingwhilefemale

    This hashtag was the brainchild of Maxine Beneba Clarke to allow female-identifying Australian writers to collectively voice their concerns and frustrations: emerging writers or experienced professionals; full-time writers or working around other responsibilities; living inner-city or in regional areas.

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  • All About Women

    All About Women is an annual flagship festival for the Ideas at the Sydney Opera House program that celebrates ideas that matter to women and inspiring stories from local and international voices.

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  • All Star Women’s Comic Book Club

    A group of women who love comics and meet fortnightly in Melbourne.

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  • Australian Plays Gender Agenda

    This page is a helpful compilation of resources regarding the representation of Australian women playwrights.

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  • Australian Women in Comics

    This exhaustive list of women in comics is put together by Alisha Jade of Oh My! Comics.

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  • Australian Women Writers Challenge

    The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge is part of a world-wide movement to raise awareness of excellent writing by women. It helps readers to challenge the subconscious stereotypes that govern our choice of books to read.

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  • Barbara Jefferis Award

    The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered for ‘the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society’.

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  • Binder of Australian Women Writers

    The Binder of Australian Women Writers is an informal networking and resource-sharing group open to any female-identifying writers based in Australia or from Australia residing elsewhere.

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  • Can u not? Podcast

    Melbourne-based writer/editor Brodie Lancaster and lawyer/writer Kamna Muddagouni come together to make Can U Not? – a podcast delivering intelligent commentary and feminist critique on pop culture.

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  • Davitt Awards

    The Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women annually.

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  • Fierce Girls Podcast

    From athletes to aviators, scientists to spies. Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. Adventurous girls. Girls with guts and spirit. You know what they are? They’re FIERCE. And these are their stories. Listen for inspiring tales of some of Australia’s most extraordinary women. 

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  • Filmme Fatales

    Filmme Fatales is a zine that looks at the places where film and feminism intersect. It launched in 2013 and has been committed to talking about movies in an accessible and non-boring way since then.

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  • Girls on Film Festival

    Movies. Parties. Feminism.

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  • Hey Aunty!

    Fireside chats with black women fems & non-binary fam who’ve been there. Welcome Sis! Representation-vulnerability-community. Produced in Melbourne by Shantel Wetherall.

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  • Joyce Parkes Women’s Writers’ Prize

    Sponsored by The Australian Irish Heritage Association this competition for prose (fact or fiction) aims to promote and encourage women writers in Australia.

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  • Kat Muscat Fellowship

    The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young woman or non-binary person.

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  • Kibble Literary Award

    The Kibble Awards aim to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance literature for the benefit of our community.

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  • Ladies, we need to talk

    This is a podcast for women, by women, that isn’t afraid to dive head first into the tricky topics we often avoid talking about. Join host Yumi Stynes as she tears open the sealed section on life.

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  • Lady Parts Podcast

    Lady Parts is a fortnightly podcast dissecting the roles of women in genre cinema, both in front of and behind the camera. Lady Parts is one part Aimée Lindorff and one part Sophie Overett. 

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  • No Chicks No Excuses

    No Chicks No Excuses is the brainchild of Leslie Cannold,  Jane Caro and Catherine Deveny, three women in public life who got tired of event organisers saying they couldn’t find good women speakers. When event organisers tell sildenafil generic us they can’t find women speakers we ask “Where have you looked?” The search is over, the answer is here. No Chicks No Excuses – expert women for every event.

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  • Norma K. Hemming Award

    The Norma K. Hemming Award is given to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in a speculative fiction work (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror) by an individual author, produced either in Australia or by Australian citizens and first published this site in the calendar year preceding the year in which the award is given.

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  • Pretty for an Aboriginal

    Hosts Nakkiah and Miranda have conversations Australia is uncomfortable having—about sex, relationships, dating, power, and, most difficult of all, race.

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  • Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival

    An annual flagship event for The Women’s Club named after Rose Scott, one of its founders. The festival features Australian women writers of fiction and non-fiction, in print, performance, cinematic and electronic media. 

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  • Scarlet Stiletto Awards

    A national award for short stories, written by Australian women and featuring a strong female protagonist, aiming to support and unearth new talent.

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  • Sisteria

    Sisteria is a podcast about women’s experiences as creators & consumers of arts & culture. It is hosted by Stephanie Van Schilt and Veronica Sullivan.

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  • Sisters in Crime

    Sisters in Crime was founded to share a collective passion for women’s crime writing, celebrate women’s crime writing on the page and screen and bring a collective critical eye to the field.

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  • Society of Women Writers NSW

    The Society of Women Writers provides an invaluable support network for women writers.

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  • Society of Women Writers QLD

    The Society of Women Writers provides an invaluable support network for women writers.

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  • Society of Women Writers Tas

    The Society of Women Writers provides an invaluable support network for women writers.

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  • Society of Women Writers Vic

    The Society of Women Writers provides an invaluable support network for women writers.

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  • Society of Women Writers WA

    The Society of Women Writers provides an invaluable support network for women writers.

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  • Stella Count

    The Stella Count statistics compiled by the Stella Prize in conjunction with Books + Publishing show the ratio of books by men and women reviewed in major Australian newspapers and literary review publications. It also indicates the genders of literary reviewers, and provides information on whether books by male freecialiscoupon or female writers are reviewed by male or female reviewers.

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  • Stella Podcast

    The Stella Podcast hosts conversations about gender and literature, and celebrates Australian women’s writing.

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  • Stella Prize

    The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Writing Critical Essays – Online Service for Critical Essay Help Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

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  • Stella Schools Program

    The Stella Schools Program was established in 2014. It aims to increase the amount of books by women writers being studied by high school students all over Australia.

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  • The Book Podcast

    A podcast talking to Australian women writers of fiction and non-fiction hosted by Rosemary Puddy.

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  • This is what raising a feminist looks like

    Exploring the intersection of politics and parenting, each episode host Lefa Singleton Norton will talk to a guest about what raising children in a feminist framework looks like.

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  • Unladylike

    A podcast on women and writing hosted by Kelly Gardiner and Adele Walsh

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  • Women in Film and Television

    WIFT is a membership based non-profit organisation aiming to encourage and support women already working in the industry and to also assist more women get into the industry, in particular areas where women are under-represented.

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  • Women in Film Melbourne

    Women in Film focus on advocating, supporting and promoting female filmmakers in key roles.

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  • Women in Media

    Women in Media (WiM) is a nationwide networking and mentoring initiative to support and nurture women working in all facets of the media – from journalism and media advising to public relations and corporate affairs.

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  • Women in Theatre Report (Australia Council)

    A research report and action plan published in April 2012.

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  • Women of Letters

    Women of Letters is an afternoon that celebrates a diverse range of strong female talent whilst simultaneously raising funds for Victorian animal rescue shelter, Edgar’s Mission. It is also a series of books publishing letters read at events in Australia, America and Indonesia. Co-curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, the monthly occasion brings together five of Melbourne’s best and brightest writers, musicians, politicians and comedians in celebration of the beautiful lost art of letter-writing.

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  • Women on the line

    A national feminist current affairs program for community radio. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women and gender diverse people around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN).

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  • Word Mothers

    This website is a resource for women writers featuring interviews with female authors and reviews of books by women.

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  • Yen Magazine Short Story Prize

    Emerging women writers of Australia under the age of 35 are eligible to enter the Yen Magazine Short Story Prize.

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