Like the organisers behind xx, VIDA want women in literary arts to have a more equal time of things: ‘Each year women from across the country dedicate thousands of combined hours to perform an arduous task: we manually, painstakingly tally the gender disparity in major literary publications and book reviews. We do this to offer up concrete data and assure women authors (and wayward editors) that the sloped playing field is not going unnoticed. We do this to ignite and fan the flames of necessary discourse. We do this each year because our literary community can only benefit from a range of voices. Take a look at our annual VIDA Count, tell your friends, write to the editors, Count with us. We are offering up our Methodologies so you too may contribute to, deepen and complicate this conversation.’
To read the 2013 count in full visit www.vidaweb.org/the-count-2013/
I would also recommend reading their FAQ which answers several of the questions you ask us!
Then come along to xx women’s writing festival at Chapter 6-8 March 2014 and join in the conversation.