Response to our report on racism in speculative fiction publishing
#BlackSpecFic: A Fireside Fiction Company special report
In the three weeks since it was released, our report on under-representation of black writers in speculative fiction magazine has drawn a ton of discussion. This includes a kickass new essay we are releasing today.
We were thrilled to see that #BlackSpecFic sparked several fantastic blog postings by black writers:
On SFF markets and the problem of diversity. This is one of those long ones. Grab a snack. Art by Joe Orlando. From the…pdjeliclark.wordpress.com
First, please go check out the work Fireside Fiction put in on this. Ahem. For our purposes here today I'm gonna use…shannonsdreams.wordpress.com
It has been two weeks since Fireside Fiction published their outstanding #BlackSpecFic Specical Report - a report so…blacknerdproblems.com
There was also a ton of good commentary on Twitter. Two Storified series of tweets, from K. Tempest Bradford (on under-representation of black editors for anthologies and magazines) and N.K. Jemisin (on suddenly being invited to submit stories to a bunch of places) are here:
A slow-boiled response to Fireside Fiction's report on Anti-Blackness is Speculative Fictionstorify.com
And #BlackSpecFic also received some news coverage, most notably in The Guardian, but also in The National Post in Canada, and in The Verge and The Mary Sue:
The world of speculative fiction publishing is plagued by "structural, institutional, personal, universal" racism…www.theguardian.com
A rather unwelcome twist hit the sci-fi world last week when a report determined that speculative fiction outlets are…news.nationalpost.com
Speculative fiction magazine Fireside Fiction has commissioned and released a report detailing an unwelcome revelation…www.theverge.com
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Fireside spent nearly $1,000 producing this report, all of it going to the various writers involved. We are happy to pay for it, but if you can help us offset the cost, it will allow us to do more nonfiction work about the speculative fiction field in the future. You can make a one-time contribution via Paypal, or a set up a recurring monthly contribution on Patreon.