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Male Writers Outnumber Female Writers at Literary Journals

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts have released  a report entitled “The Count 2010,” revealing that male writers outnumbered female writers in many publications last year.

The report measured the gender balance among writers published at literary magazines, including: Granta (overall: 26 women, 49 men), The Paris Review (overall: 32 women, 59 men), and The New Yorker (overall: 163 women, 449 men). They also looked at authors reviewed, book reviewers, and interviews at certain publications, including: Harper’s (book reviewers: 6 women, 27 men) and The New York Times (book reviewers: 295 women, 438 men).

What do you think? The article offered the following observation: “What, then, are they really telling us? We know women write. We know women read. It’s time to begin asking why the 2010 numbers don’t reflect those facts with any equity.”
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WILLA Objects to Literary List

Marvin_Author_Photo_Frag.jpgThis month, Publishers Weekly unveiled a series of Best Books of 2009 lists, and the “Top Ten” list did not include any books by women authors.

Cate Marvin (pictured, via), a writer and co-founder Women In Letters And Literary Arts (WILLA), objected in a statement: “The absence made me nearly speechless … It continues to surprise me that literary editors are so comfortable with their bias toward male writing, despite the great and obvious contributions that women authors make to our contemporary literary culture.”

Founded in August, the group has already gained more than 5,400 Facebook members, including authors, journalists, and scholars. In response to the rankings, WILLA has created a wiki-list: “Great Books By Women That Publishers Weekly Missed In 2009.” The growing site is already full of suggestions–what do you think?