Have you ever wondered about the breakdown of men vs. women getting published or reviewed in today’s most popular literary magazines and journals?
Well, the numbers are in —and the VIDA Count for 2012 shows that many publications still have a long way to go before they can claim anything close to gender equitability.
Harper’s, New Republic, The Nation, and The New Yorker all had poor showings, while publications like Tin House, the Boston Review, POETRY Magazine, and Granta saw more balanced bylines.
The editors of Tin House and Granta give specifics in this article about how they fostered a more equitable literary space for women.
One detail worth sharing: while Tin House saw a 50/50 split between men and women in unsolicited submission numbers, women were five times less likely to resubmit even when a rejection notice requested that the writer submit more work in the future.
The solution? They stopped asking men to resubmit, because (according to editor Rob Spillman), “they were going to submit anyway.”
So a lesson for both men and women — RESUBMIT!
What are your thoughts on the VIDA numbers? How does gender bias (or outright discrimination) affect your writing life? Let us know in the comments section below.