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Gender parity at Seven by Twenty (take two)

Following VIDA’s publication of The Count 2010, I (and loads of others) have been discussing gender parity in publishing. I’ve finally finished crunching the numbers for my twitterzine, Seven by Twenty, and here they are below. You’ve already seen the publication breakdown and below that are the other numbers I came up with. At the bottom are links to discussions on the VIDA counts, and other periodicals providing a glimpse into their submission and publication numbers.


Total Male Authors: 56
Total Times Men Published: 175
Total Female Authors:57
Total Times Women Published: 167
Not Included in Data: 2 authors of 8 pieces, one with a unisex name and the other whose first name I don’t know.

Total Male Authors Solicited: 24
Total Pieces by Men Solicited: 50
Total Female Authors Solicited: 19
Total Pieces by Women Solicited: 37
Not Included in Data: 2 pieces by 2 people, both with unisex names or twitter handles whose sex I don’t know.


Total Male Authors Rejected: 60
Total Submission Packets from Men Rejected: 116
Total Pieces by Men Rejected: 199
Total Female Authors Rejected: 32
Total Submission Packets from Women Rejected: 58
Total Pieces by Women Rejected: 85
Not Included in Data: those who ignored guidelines (listed below), and those occasions when I rejected some pieces in the same submission packet as pieces I accepted.


Total Male One-Time Submitters (Whose Work Was Rejected): 21
Total Female One-Time Submitters (Whose Work Was Rejected): 14

Note that what I’m measuring here are people who submitted once, were rejected, and never submitted again. Those numbers are included in the total number of writers rejected above. As a percentage of their own groups, women are less likely to come back after a rejection than men are, if you take the numbers on their face: 21/60 is 35% while 14/32 is 43.75%. But these are such small numbers that one or two people more would make a difference, so I’m leery of drawing a conclusion.


Total Male Authors Ignoring Guidelines: 22
Total Female Authors Ignoring Guidelines: 8



Other periodicals posting submission and/or rejection statistics (please leave a comment with a link if you see any more):

  • Poetry responds to the original VIDA article: amongst other things, they say, “One difficulty is that we receive many more submissions from men: the last count, done last year, was 65% men and 35% women.”
  • Strange Horizons 2010 Fiction Roundup: “30-43% of the stories were by female authors; 57-70% by male authors; the ranges are because 13% were by authors of unknown-to-me gender. (All those numbers are almost identical to the past two years.) There were also at least two stories by authors who don’t fit that binary gender distinction.”
  • The Southern Review: Overall work published and work submitted were both 40% female and 60% male.
  • VIDA Counts The Rumpus: This is most interesting for the comments at the end.


This is the tool I used to make the above pretty pie charts.

Fuck yeah oatmeal.

My Facebook status update last night was, “For the fifth night in a row, I am getting too little sleep. SUCK IT NEUROGENESIS.” and that goes double for tonight. I work at a hospital, and we’ve lost the person who was doing our FMLA/disability paperwork, so while they hire for that position, I am doing my four doctors’ stuff in addition to my own work. I’m getting really efficient at it. On the minus side, that means lots of overtime and therefore less sleep, less writing time and less time spent improving my mind or, let’s be honest, watching Being Erica; on the plus side, extra money and I can listen to Girl Talk after hours if I close my door.

But I’ve been doing a lot of reading in my off time, of:

  • John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In, although my copy is called Let Me In, which makes me kind of sad because it’s not a very distinctive title and I don’t speak Swedish but Låt den rätte komma in is obviously closer to Let the Right One In than Let Me In, although I wonder if there’s a pun about rats there too.
  • Some more American Lit List stuff. Alan also let me use four of his Audible credits, so I got Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, Edward P. Jones’ The Known World and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated, which will allow me to finally start on the online audio Yale course, “The American Novel Since 1945,” which I plan to do on my commute. It’s only like 2.6 days worth of audio when you include the books I haven’t already read, no big deal, right?
  • Lily,” a short story by Emily Gilman.
  • The short stories at The December Lights Project. My favourite so far is “Queen of the Kitchen” by Karen Healey, but they’re all good, and they’re updating weekdaily.
  • The food blogs that “Queen of the Kitchen” inspired me to start reading again (or for the first time) including my brilliant pastry chef friend Courtney’s Bipolar Baking, Cheap Healthy Good, Very Serious member Edana’s Yum Food and one she recommended called Closet Cooking, and Kath Eats Real Food, which my friend Waye had linked to and where I found out about overnight oatmeal, which I have eaten every day this week (made with just milk, though, because I think yogurt is kind of vile) and which is filling and delicious. I am looking forward to trying her banana oatmeal brûlée, maybe this weekend if I have any wherewithal left.

I was angry when we had that fight, too. Our last fight, though I didn’t know that at the time. What did you expect me to say? You come in late and you’re bloody and filthy, and you tell me some story about “the fey,” and “faeries.” About the fey and our family and a war. You said, “I have to go, Mom. The Unseelie Court has taken the Southern Provinces, and only our family’s bloodline can save the High Ones.” It makes no sense. Those are things out of stories, out of books. I just want to know, Amanda—in what universe did you think I would not ask you what drugs you were on?

Read “No Return Address” by Sigrid Ellis.

When George first started shoplifting, she’d palmed anything portable, from candy bars to nail clippers. Now she specialized in nail polish. By her last count, she had acquired two hundred and twenty-three individual colors. She had posted this on her Facebook status, and some kid from middle school wrote on her wall that she was a “luser.” George decided this made him look way dumber than her, but she still deleted the wall post. Then she unfriended him. George thought of herself as mature because she was not afraid to unfriend someone. Even Bob didn’t unfriend. Though, admittedly, Bob had seven hundred and ninety-one friends and was the founder of the group “WE HEART VAMPIRES!!!!!!” No one called Bob a luser. She got “sllllluuuuuutttt.”

Read “WE HEART VAMPIRES!!!!!!” by Meghan McCarron.