FIYAH has posted their 2022 #BlackSpecFic Report, published as “an examination of the state of representation of Black authors within the speculative short fiction market published in 2021.”
The report looked at 63 markets examined in an earlier 2015 study, and found that only 26 were still fully active. The report continued with a list of 131 markets that met the requirements of being operational as of 2021, publishing in SF/F or horror, offering paid publication (at least .01 a word), and not including contests.
The report found:
Of 2682 pieces published by 65 venues in 2021, 197 or 7.3% were written by Black authors. With FIYAH excluded, the percentage is 6.7%. The 6.7% represents a change of +4.8% from the 2015 study. For purposes of discussion, we will be excluding FIYAH’s input, as it is an exclusively Black publication and thus skews the dataset. FIYAH published 18 works of prose in 2021, the highest of any surveyed market with the exception of Lightspeed Magazine, who published 20.
For a more full examination of the report and their findings, see their website.
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