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2018 VIDA count finds mild improvement in lit mag gender parity

The nonprofit VIDA: Women in Literary Arts has released its annual VIDA Count, which analyzes gender parity—or imbalance—at literary magazines. This year’s report shows some industry-wide improvement, both at magazines reflected in the main count and in the secondary count, which analyzes the larger literary landscape, even as that landscape continues to skew male in terms of publications.

Last year, only two of the 15 major literary magazines analyzed in the main VIDA count published more women writers than men, and at eight of the 15 publications pieces by women comprised less than 40% of all articles published. This year saw marked improvements: four of the top 15 publications published more women writers than men, and pieces by women comprised less than 40% of all articles at only six of those 15 this year.

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