BSF Writer-Side Data (2017-2018)

Through October and November 2016, FIYAH hosted a survey on our website, inviting Black writers of speculative fiction to share their habits and experiences while on submission to short fiction markets for the preceding 12 months. This provided a 13 month window during which 55 writers responded. It is worth noting that we can confirm…

2017-2018 Black SFF Writer Survey Report

#BSFREPORT 2017-2018

The FIYAH Black SFF Writer Survey Report is not a further attempt to confirm this data, nor is it a rigorous empirical study on the state of SFF publishing in general. Instead, we encourage readers to view the FIYAH Black SFF Writer Survey Report as a contextualization tool. With this survey, we are attempting to…

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The POB Project is Expanding!

The Presence of Blackness Score Project is growing! In its first year, POB was designed to track the progress of short SFF markets in improving their accessibility to and publication of Black authors at a volume proportionate to their annual output. It uses an annual report and market scoring system to provide Black writers with an at-a-glance reference point for…

FIYAH 2018 Award Eligibility

Year 2 here at FIYAH has been huge! In 2018, we published 17 pieces of original prose by Black writers, as well as 6 poems, and cover art by 4 phenomenal Black artists. We also introduced our POB Score project over the summer. We were awarded the Barrelhouse Amplifier Grant, our 2017 cover artist Geneva Benton won the Best Fan…

We Won a World Fantasy Award!

On November 4th, 2018, FIYAH editors Justina Ireland and Troy Wiggins were granted the World Fantasy Award in the Non-Professional Special category for our first year of content! The following is the acceptance speech written by Troy in absentia, and given on our behalf by Irette Patterson. Congratulations to all winners, friends, and finalists. We hope to celebrate many more…

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Five Reasons that TWELVE DAYS is a boss novel.

Blackness that doesn’t have to apologize or explain itself – So often in media (yes, even still in 2017), black characters are expected to justify their existence in a narrative. We have to be black for a “reason” or its pandering. Or it’s unnecessary. Or it takes away from the story. The list goes on and on. But this novel…

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TWELVE DAYS: 12 Questions for a SFF Juggernaut

The staff here at FIYAH is very please and delighted to present to you Steven Barnes, author of too many wonderful SFF books to name and absolutely one of the pillars of the black SFF community. We spend a little time today talking to him about his latest novel, TWELVE DAYS. FIYAH: Now that TWELVE DAYS is out in the…

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Accepting Market Statements on #BlackSpecFic

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…

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State of Black Speculative Fiction Writer Survey

As part of the ongoing discussion on diversity in publishing, Fireside Fiction Company recently released a study revealing the statistical bias against black speculative fiction writers and/or stories. The study — as most diversity studies tend to do — lacks the perspective and submission data of black writers. They (we) have been relegated to the topic of the discussion instead of engaged participants…

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