Our Black Speculative Fiction Writer Survey is nearing its close, and that means we’ll be crunching the numbers for our 2017 report on writer submission statistics and experiences for release early next year. While all are interesting, some of the responses we’ve received so far are concerning.

We would like to extend an invitation to paying markets who want to share the changes/progress they have made or intend to make in 2017 following Fireside Fiction Company’s #BlackSpecFic report. It is important to writers —Black writers in this case— to know that markets are seeing these diversity studies and intend to take them seriously. So if you are planning any outreach, marketing yourselves on an additional platform to increase your visibility, diversifying your masthead, paying first readers, etc., we want to know about it.

Use the form below to briefly describe your new measures, or link us to your stance published elsewhere. We’ll make sure it makes it into our report.


L.D. Lewis is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and publisher at Fireside Magazine. She serves as a founding creator and Project Manager for the World Fantasy and Hugo Award-winning FIYAH Literary Magazine. She also serves as the founding Director of FIYAHCON, boardmember for Diverse Voices, Inc., Researcher for the LeVar Burton Reads podcast, and pays the bills as the Awards Manager for the Lambda Literary Foundation. She frequently authors studies about the treatment and experiences of racially/ethnically marginalized authors in speculative literature. She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows (Dancing Star Press, 2018) and her published short fiction and poetry includes appearances in FIYAH, PodCastle, Strange Horizons, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, Lightspeed, and Neon Hemlock, among others. She lives in Georgia, on perpetual deadline, with her coffee habit, two very photogenic kittens, and an impressive Funko Pop! collection. Tweet her @ellethevillain.
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