So women writers are all over the place in fantasy, poetry, horror, children’s and even sci-fi. We’re not the majority by any means and I’m totally fine with that.
Fantasy and children’s are fun genres that a lot of women enjoy because we are imaginative. Poetry is what it is, not my thing anymore-everyone is a poet at one point in their life. I was even surprised to meet so many ladies who rock horror but I’ve been doing it myself so I don’t know why. Sci-fi is harder but publications are always asking for the female perspective in this niche.
Then you get into literary fiction. This is a heavy, real, serious world. When I write fiction I am intimidated and work harder than ever to make my story shine. When it comes to reading others’ stories and submitting, I am like, surrounded by men. Tough, old, worn down men. They are no joke and I respect the hell out of them. But where the F*&# are the ladies?
From what I read and frequent, there is usually like one female writer per issue and I don’t think it’s due to discrimination. I understand that like me, a lot of other women would rather enjoy the fun accepting world of fantasy or poetry. This disparity has pushed me to finally put my serious stuff out there. Don’t worry I will continue to work on horror and all the other stuff, but I’ve been sitting on 3 really real stories.
Why? Because I’m less ballsy when it comes to the scrutiny of literary fiction. How do I alleviate that? I don’t. I suck it up, drink a glass of wine, and say “what the hell, why not?”
Come on ladies. Why not?