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I’m starting a new regular feature here on the ABW (and also on the Carl Brandon Society blog) wherein I list all of the SF/F/H short fiction by writers of color published each month.
We used to do a similar thing on the SFBookswap blog for women writers (online only, though) and I always wanted to do the same for WOC. There were some logistical barriers, mostly surrounding identification. Though it’s not completely accurate, you can usually tell female writers by name. In the case of initials or ambiguous names, the bio usually provided the necessary information. Not so much with WOC.
I’ve decided to try and get around this barrier by asking authors and editors to be a little proactive in the process.
Around the 15th of each month I’ll publish a list of all SF/F/H short stories by writers of color published in online, podcast, or print magazines and anthologies. Authors, editors, if you think a story you published/had published counts as speculative fiction and the author counts as a POC, then please give me a heads up. The deadline to be listed is the 12th of each month. If you had a story published in January – June 2009, please send those along, too. I’ll create some retro-posts. Eventually we’ll also get previous years in.
I’m going to post the list here, the Carl Brandon blog and appropriate wikis, etc.
I’m not going to do this for books just yet, but I may in the future.