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Is It Harder For Women To Succeed In Certain Literary Genres? | Writer’s Relief

For some women writers, trying to get published in certain genres feels like trying to break into a “boy’s only” club. Writer’s Relief shares a recent Huffiington Post article where three women writers in traditionally male-dominated genres (sci-fi, street lit, and mysteries) give their perspectives on genre and gender divides:

You’ve probably read the stats: books by women are being reviewed more and more by prestigious outlets, but gender equity in the literary world has yet to be achieved. And, books by women are far less likely to win major awards.

“Organizations such as VIDA work to hold reviews and awards committees accountable for not only their coverage of women, but of all kinds of women. However, they tend to focus on the so-called literary genre. So, how do women in other genres — science fiction, mystery, street lit, women’s lit — fare?”

 Learn more about women in male-dominated book genres.


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There’s A New Captain At The Masthead of The Sewanee Review | Writer’s Relief

 The Sewanee Review, a 125-year-old literary journal, recently hired writer Adam Ross as its new editor. And as Writer’s Relief learned in this New York Times article, the task of reviving this once revered literary cornerstone would be no small job: “The journal, which once published works by literary giants like Eudora Welty, William Faulkner,… Continue Reading

It’s Never Too Late To Change What You’re Writing | Writer’s Relief

Writer Lucy Hughes-Hallett had a forty-year career as a journalist and historical nonfiction author behind her when her 2013 biography of the Italian poet and demagogue Gabriele d’Annunzio was awarded the Samuel Johnson prize for nonfiction and the Costa prize for biography. But in a recent article in The Guardian, Writer’s Relief noticed that, at… Continue Reading

7 Signs A Literary Magazine Is A Good Fit For Your Creative Writing | Writer’s Relief

There are many wonderful literary magazines that are actively publishing creative writing—more than we’ve ever seen since Writer’s Relief started helping writers get published back in 1994. So it can be hard to determine which literary journals will be a good fit for your poetry, short stories, and personal essays. What’s a writer to do? Key Elements… Continue Reading

How To Make This Publishing Industry Myth Work For You | Writer’s Relief

When summer rolls around, many writers put away their literary research and put on their sunglasses and hiking shoes. But before you put your publishing goals on pause, Writer’s Relief wants to debunk a common publishing industry myth and show you how summer submissions to literary agents and literary magazine editors can offer key advantages to… Continue Reading

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