BSF Anecdote Summary (2018)

Respondents to the BSF Writer Survey chose to share with us their experiences in SFF short fiction publishing, including submissions, rejections, frustrations, and victories. These responses indicate the breadth of these writers’ experiences, and may be representative of larger trends in black SFF writers not represented here. In these responses, readers will find anecdotes that…

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BSF Writer-Side Data (2018)

Through October and November 2017 and 2018, 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. All writer-side data is self-reported and can be incomplete. Participation may have been limited by a number…

BSF Market-Side Data (2018)

We provided participants a list of markets using the previous study’s responses adjusted for market openings and closures, and then allowed respondents additional space to write in unlisted markets to which they submitted work between October 2016 and November 2018. For this iteration of the study, we did not include null subs (markets which received…

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#BSFREPORT 2018

We’re back with our biannual look at responses to the Black SF Writer Survey. As always, the FIYAH Black SFF Writer Survey Report is not a further attempt to confirm data featured in studies like the Fireside #BlackSpecFic Report, nor is it a rigorous empirical study on the state of SFF publishing in general. Instead,…

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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…

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