You know how we keep having these discussions about anthologies that take the best stories, regardless of who writes them . . . and somehow those stories end up all being by white men? (Totally by chance, you understand, and the editors can’t be blamed if that’s what was sent to them.)
It’s nice to be able to talk for once about somebody doing it right. I’ve been contacted by the editors of an upcoming anthology, Trust & Treachery, who are actively reaching out to get more quality submissions from women. To quote:
One of the items that we made specific mention of in our original call for submissions was that we’re looking for works representing the entire range of experience — including all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, sexual orientations, abilities and views on life. The world of fiction and its characters, especially genre fiction and speculative fiction, can be diverse places with a richness and depth in both culture and community. As editors, we made both a personal and professional commitment to have that same richness represented in this anthology. But we need to you help us do it.
This? Is good, pro-active editing. It’s realizing that imbalances aren’t automatically a reflection of the fiction that’s out there — only the fiction that’s being sent in. And that’s something that can be changed, with a little effort.