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 serves as a founding creator, Art Director, and Project Manager for the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated FIYAH Literary Magazine. She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows (Dancing Star Press, 2018), and her published short fiction includes appearances in FIYAH, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, PodCastle, and Fireside Magazine. She lives in Georgia with her coffee habit and an impressive Funko Pop! collection. Find her at ldlewiswrites.com and on Twitter at @ellethevillain.
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