In this week’s class, there was discussion of women writers being published and what they may face in the literary world compared to male writers. Since 2010, VIDA: Women In Literary Arts has done a count of the rates of publication between women and men in many highly respected literary outlets. Read the 2012 count here. Whether or not the results are surprising to you, this study does raise some questions: Are more men being published because fewer women are submitting their writing? Are women sending out their writing at the same rate (or with the same persistence) as men? Are male writers more likely to be solicited for their work? Are these decisions being made based on gender or content?
[On a related note, Roxane Gay at The Rumpus is doing a count for writers of color.]