The Latest NTM Statistics
"Women don't submit work as much as men" is often stated as fact and the defending reason why certain poetry magazines regularly publish 70%+ male poets. I don't doubt that certain magazines do indeed receive fewer submissions from women. I have my opinions to why this is the case for them. (Short answer: If a magazine develops a track record/reputation of excluding/not being receptive to the work of certain writers, those certain writers take notice and send their work elsewhere). If you are unfamiliar and interested with my evolving thoughts (from 2004-2007) on this topic, you can read some of them here, here, here, here, here, here and here. I have nothing new to add to this discussion except the latest round of No Tell submission numbers.
During the month of May (only our reading period so far in 2008) the percentages were:
2% gender unclear
All of these submissions were unsolicited (aside from general calls on this blog and a few mailing lists).
Dear editors with woman poet submission deficits, take heart, somewhere out there are women both writing and submitting poetry. It's really not so hopeless. I don't know, maybe try some breath spray or something.
Oh and no, I have not responded to all the submissions from May yet -- still have 86 to go.