The official deadline for submissions for this antho has passed, but only 23% of stories submitted have been by women. Because multiple submissions were allowed, when you look at the number of individual contributors this percentage goes down to 21%.They totally want to publish the best science fiction. So long as it is written by women.
I feel that although we spread the word in all the usual places, this ratio is slightly lower than I would have expected. As I have started reading, it's clear some of the stories some of the men have sent are not really within genre. So, is this about awareness, the available pool in 2016, or the willingness to be cheeky and chance it with a story you know isn't really what we're looking for? I'd rather not assume...
We are only taking stories that have already been published, I only want SF, and I only want the best, but also I don't want to risk missing the best SF because people have been unsure about sending it to me. I don't care if it's space opera, near future dystopia, or alternate history. Although we had a really long submissions window and left it open until end Jan to catch late 2016 stories, I am going to leave that window open just a couple of weeks more for women writers.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Nonexistent women are the best
Diversity and convergence at work in British science fiction: