I’ve been fairly outspoken at times about how the SF&F community could do with a little more diversity. I’ve mostly talked about how we need to look beyond the borders of the United States and the British Commonwealth, but there’s a lot we can do for diversity here at home. Two New York City publishing publicists are trying to do just that. . .
Despite data that shows women read more than men, a lot of our stories still reflect “straight white man, or often a bunch of straight white men, creating things with science, wielding magic, saving the world, blowing stuff up. If there are women or people of color involved, [they're] probably love interests or sidekicks. [They] probably only talk to, or about, the white male lead. [They] probably die first, or to provide motivation for the protagonist.”
I pulled that quote directly from the fundraiser being run by Ellen Wright and Faye Bi who are running the New York City Marathon for Speculative Literature Foundation Inc., a non profit that promotes science fiction and fantasy and encourages new writers of both adult and children’s genre literature. Ellen and Faye have gotten a commitment from the charity to create a new grant called the Diverse Worlds grant. The grant will help writers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the genre to start and continue publishing.
To say the least, I’m in. I hope you will be too. Head over to their donation page to check it out and learn more.