Women in SFF – Photo Challenge!
Women in SFF is just under two weeks away!
As you may know, we’re super excited to be bringing back our Women in SFF feature this July.
Here at the Hive, we love a photo challenge – as expressed by our annual contributions to the Wyrd and Wonder one! So, we thought it would be fun to come up with one of our own…
We do have some rules. Well guidelines. Well, suggestions.
- Please have fun! And if this means interpreting the prompt differently to our suggestion, that’s fine!
- You don’t have to respond with a photo. If you want to take part, but you’re not on Instragram, or you can’t be bothered to faff about taking photo of books, blog posts are welcome! Or Twitter threads! However you decide to join in, please do tag us so we can check out the books you’re shouting about.
- Yes, this is Women in SFF month, but if you want to talk about a female character that was actually written by a male author, we’ll allow it.
We are giving (imaginary) bonus points to female authors though.
And that’s it! So, without further ado, our prompts…
|Thu 1||Women in SFF TBR||Let us know what you’ll be reading this month!|
|Fri 2||Newbies||2021’s female author debutantes|
|Sat 3||More Pride Less Prejudice||Celebrating LGBTQA+ authors and stories|
|Sun 4||#SuperlativeSunday Most Dynamic Character||What characters have gone through the biggest changes?|
|Mon 5||Life-time Achievement Award||Most influential female SFF writer|
|Tue 6||The Fighter||Your favourite women on the battlefield!|
|Wed 7||In The Name of Love||Who are your favourite couples? What’s your favourite romance?|
|Thu 8||Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves||Tell us your favourite self-reliant protagonists|
|Fri 9||Beauty Queens||Let’s judge those books by their gorgeous covers – shout out to the female cover artists out there!|
|Sat 10||Diversify Your Reading||Female authors of colour, or your favourite stories that confront racial prejudices|
|Sun 11||#SuperlativeSunday Most Intelligent||Who are your favourite scholarly or academic characters?|
|Mon 12||Queen of Sci-Fi||Your favourite Sci-fi author|
|Tue 13||The Royal||We love seeing women in positions of power – which are your favourite?|
|Wed 14||Someone to Look Up to.||It’s not always about the young ‘uns! Who is your favourite older character?|
|Thu 15||Antihero||Whether she’s morally grey, or she’s just being dragged along for a ride she didn’t sign up for – share with us your favourites!|
|Fri 16||Starship Trooper||Who is your all-time favourite sci-fi character?|
|Sat 17||Feminist Retellings||Does Red Riding Hood kill the wolf? Does Belle pick the library over the Beast? Does Princess Charming woe the serving girl? We’re here for gender swaps and female empowering!|
|Sun 18||#SuperlativeSunday Most Magical||Witches, sorceresses, magicians – who are your favourite magic users?|
|Mon 19||Queen of Fantasy||Your favourite Fantasy author|
|Tue 20||The Holy One||Faith is often an interesting part of world building, so let’s take a look at the women in those roles|
|Wed 21||Femme Fatales||But not the usual kind – we’re talking fatalistic females. Evil Queens, Dark Ladies – do you have a favourite villain?|
|Thu 22||Mothers Who Make It||Let’s get those mums out of the fridge and celebrate mothers who survive the plot!|
|Fri 23||Shieldmaiden||Who is your all-time favourite fantasy character?|
|Sat 24||Historic Retellings||Alternative histories or stories with a historical setting|
|Sun 25||#SuperlativeSunday Most Travelled||Who gets the biggest adventure? Which characters have put in the most steps?|
|Mon 26||Independent Women||Your favourite Self-Published author|
|Tue 27||The Assassin||Who’s that sneaking in the shadows over there? It’s only our favourite assassins!|
|Wed 28||Besties||Let’s take a look at our favourite female friendships!|
|Thu 29||Women Wearing Wizards Hats||Celebrating those female characters reclaiming spaces traditionally reserved for men|
|Fri 30||Credits||Where would the world of SFF be without its editors, publishers, and publicists? Let’s give the amazing women working in the industry a shout out!|
|Sat 31||Favourite Read||You made it to the end of the challenge – what was your favourite read of the month?|