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Debate: Male / Female Proportions in Genre Magazines [Jun. 9th, 2006|12:35 pm]
There's currently a very lively debate going on at secritcrush's livejournal, and I'm going to step into this debate, gingerly, but I would like to say that I'm simply publishing what's coming to me (and being accepted, of course), really. But this is the male/female breakdown for Fantasy Magazine by issue:

Issue 1: four men, ten women.
Issue 2: seven men, six women (a balance).
Issue 3: two men, ten women.
Issue 4: two men, ten women.

From what I can tell this trend, if that's what it is, will continue to happen. It is, also, somewhat reflected in the subscriber base, though it hasn't yet grown to the point that I can definitely point at it and say that the intended market is women . . . because it is, really. The covers and content are both geared to target a female niche, to a large degree, because there seemed to be a substantial need, unfulfilled by any current magazines. I could be wrong, though, but to me, a lot of interesting material is coming from women, and I don't think they're getting their due. But that's just me.

If we look at what got picked up for Best New Fantasy the proportion is still in favor of women, slightly, with seven male and nine female contributors. I really don't know what that says. However, I'm not too certain that the gender matters really, especially for that anthology, because I'm just trying to include material by the new authors in the field, regardless of gender. So what you see is what you get.

But there you go. *dousing myself with gasoline and handing matches to everyone* Light me up, folks. :p

From: (Anonymous)
2006-06-10 07:24 am (UTC)

Hi Sean,

Could you please contact me? Sorry for leaving a message here (slightly off topic!), but I haven't been able to get hold of you.


Brendan Connell
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