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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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Publishers Weekly Top Ten Debate Continues

ebelieu.jpgWhen Publishers Weekly released a series of Best Books of 2009 lists this week, the “Top Ten” list did not include any books by women authors. GalleyCat wrote about the ensuing controversy on Wednesday, as the founders of Women In Letters And Literary Arts (WILLA) passionately rejected the list.

The story generated a stream of Twitter posts and plenty of literary debate. Since that story, a number of other news outlets reported on the story, including the Guardian, NY Times, Salon, and Publishers Weekly.

Since Wednesday, WILLA’s membership has increased by more than 1,000 supporters–more than 5,600 people now support the group’s Facebook page. In a statement, Erin Belieu (pictured, via), director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University and WILLA co-founder, added these thoughts: “They know they’re being blatantly sexist, but it looks like they feel good about that. I, on the other hand, have heard from a whole lot of people–writers and readers–who don’t feel good about it at all.”