Earlier this week, I received a link to an article on Slate entitled “Why Aren’t There More Woman Sci-Fi Writers?”
Here at Mad Scientist Journal we are certainly well-intentioned and try to evaluate each story on its own merits. We don’t actively try to get more submissions based off of gender or anything. So we were curious about how we were doing in terms of gender equality. We aren’t a strict sci-fi market. We publish a healthy dose of fantasy, with the occasional horror or other genre along the way.
So we dug through our submission logs to see who submitted to us and who we accepted. I thought I’d share the results.
In just over a year of accepting submissions, we have received 220 submissions. That doesn’t distinguish regular submissions from re-submissions or anything. That’s just a count of how many people have submitted something to us through our standard means, plus a few that bypassed our regular submission form (but were easy for us to track down). This doesn’t include people we’ve specifically solicited something from. It’s just people who sent us a manuscript.
Of these 220, we accepted 121. About 55%. (Duotrope lists us as 60.6%, rating us #4 in terms of highest acceptance ratio for magazines and anthologies listed on their site. Yay us!)
Of those who submitted to us, 26% were women. That’s right, three times as many submissions have come from men than women. Again, this is a pretty raw count. We also have more men who have submitted more than one piece to us than women who have done so, especially when it comes to things like our mad scientist classifieds. The numbers start to balance out if you start looking at just the number of individuals who submitted to us. But I think it’s still biased towards men. We haven’t taken the time to really dig with that.
In terms of what we’ve accepted from this pool, 35% of our acceptances were for pieces written by women. Broken out by gender, our acceptance ratio is 48% of pieces submitted by men, 74% for women. Again, not planned, but certainly interesting.
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