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Category Archives: women’s writing


What cannot be counted: reflections on the 2013 Stella Count

This year, as in previous years, the Stella Count shows that Australian literary pages review female writers significantly less than they do male writers. But there are other insidious patterns of reviewing, dictated by the gender of reviewers and authors, which are not shown in the Stella Count data. Read more »

Taking risks without apology: An interview with Meanjin editor Zora Sanders

On the second ever Pitch, Bitch day, Meanjin editor Zora Sanders shares her observations on the ways men and women approach pitching and discusses the respective responsibilities of editors and writers to address gender disparities. Read more »

Pushing past reluctance: An interview with Sophie Cunningham

Pitch, Bitch is a new initiative aimed at encouraging female writers to regularly pitch their work for publication. We spoke to writer Sophie Cunningham about her extensive experience as a woman reading, writing and editing. Read more »

Pitch, Bitch: A new initiative for women writers

Pitch, Bitch is a new initiative aimed at encouraging female writers to regularly pitch their work for publication. Founder Estelle Tang explains what Pitch, Bitch is, why it’s important, and how to get involved. Read more »

Boy, Lost and The Stella Prize: An Interview With Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson’s Boy, Lost tells the story of her half-brother, Peter, who was taken from their mother’s arms in infancy and not reunited with his maternal family for decades. Boy, Lost has been shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing. Olsson spoke with KYD about Boy, Lost, writing through trauma, and why The Stella Prize is unique. Read more »

Burial Rites and The Stella Prize: an interview with Hannah Kent

As we continue our weekly Kill Your Darlings Stella Shortlist Book Club, Hannah spoke with KYD Deputy Online Editor Veronica Sullivan about Burial Rites, the Stella Prize, and the importance of women’s only writing prizes. Read more »

KYD and the Stella Prize Shortlist Book Club

Kill Your Darlings is thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with the Stella Prize to present the online Stella Shortlist Book Club. Read more »

On reading Mom Blogs

I started reading ‘Mom blogs’ way before I got pregnant. At first, my reading was secret and covert. Alone in the house, I browsed the 1000 or so pages of blogs ranked by readers on the Top Baby Blogs register the way other people privately peruse porn. … Read more »

Empowering women in developing communities: On Open Field

When I was young, I lived in a house at the top of a hill on a dead-end street. Our suburb was barely serviced by buses and had no train station. We never locked our front door, and the back door was always left ajar so the … Read more »

A subjective sport: The Meanjin Tournament of Books

Two months ago I went to an event at the Wheeler Centre and found myself taking part in both a feminist discussion and a social reading quest: the Meanjin Tournament of Books has been an excellent literary adventure. First, the confession: I didn’t end up reading all … Read more »