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February 8, 2011 \pm\28 1:34 pm

The Southern Review ran their numbers.

I’m pleased with these numbers, but I still have more questions than I have answers. I want to know why there isn’t parity in the slush pile.

~ Editor Jeanne Leiby on gender disparity in publishing

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  1. February 8, 2011 \pm\28 5:29 pm 5:29 pm

    It’s great that people are offering out their slush pile numbers, which is where the numbers of women published really becomes relevant.

    But Amy King did have an interesting point, in the VIDA comment thread, when she asked, if less women are submitting, why aren’t editors being proactive in making sure their pages are STILL 50/50? I hadn’t thought it was really an editor’s obligation, but if not the editor, then who else?

    • February 8, 2011 \pm\28 5:40 pm 5:40 pm

      Thanks for linking to this. I like how she talked about the number of submissions as well.

  2. Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
    February 8, 2011 \pm\28 5:46 pm 5:46 pm

    Yeah, I saw that comment. But that begs the question, how to do that fairly and still keep the emphasis on quality (assuming that’s what the editor is after)? Sort everything into a girl pile and a boy pile as the subs come in and pick an even number from each? That’s the only way I can see it being “fair.” And will that fix the issue of not as many women submitting, which seems to be the case. Hell, I know why I don’t submit more stuff. And the reason is a horribly complex tangled mess of issues.

    • February 8, 2011 \pm\28 7:01 pm 7:01 pm

      i wouldn’t want to be accepted that way. it still seems ‘unfair’ because if there are less submissions of one or the other then the odds are better for one or the other and what about hermaphrodites. you can get all the numbers and still be no closer to counting.

      • Robin Elizabeth Sampson permalink
        February 8, 2011 \pm\28 7:11 pm 7:11 pm

        Yeah, I wouldn’t either. And yeah, good point Ani, nowadays there are all sorts of genders.

        As too many of our parents no doubt said, life is not fair.

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