News: GUD Goes to WisCon

Monday, May 19, 2008

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GUD Goes to WisCon

This year's WisCon is being held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin from the 23rd May to the 26th--and GUD is going to be there. You'll find our splendiferous magazine sharing a dealer's table with other goodies from SLF presses. None of our scary staff will be there, though, so if you care to buy a copy (or two, or three), nobody will snatch any ms you happen to be carrying and put a 'Rejected' sticker on it. Honest!

We're also planning GUD freebies for anyone who attends WisCon, so watch this space :). Stop by the speculative literature foundation booth and ask for GUD's promo code. If nobody knows what you're talking about, email kaolin at gud magazine and he will attempt to set things right—he kind of dropped the ball on it.

Mention of the World's Leading Feminist SF Convention reminded me that there's been concern in the SF community lately about the representation of women's writing in the SF magazines (and awards). Many editors have been anxious to establish their credentials in this area. So why should we be left out?

I can't tell you the proportion of women to men submitting to GUD. We don't routinely track that data, and we received just shy of 1,600 submissions for Issue Three alone. A few too many to check through. We don't slush blind, either, although many of our contributors have usernames that aren't immediately gender specific.

I can tell you, however, that we have 43 discrete pieces slated to appear in Issue Three, and they break down as follows:

Art--Twelve pieces

Seven by F artists / Five by M artists (including the cover)

Poetry--eleven pieces

Seven by F poets / Four by M poets

Prose--nineteen pieces

Eight by F writers / Eleven by M writers

Reports--one piece

One by an M writer

Overall, twenty-two pieces by Fs as against twenty-one pieces by Ms. Works out as a nice balance, I think :), albeit an inadvertent one. GUD is also international--we have contributors living in Scotland, Israel, and France, to name but a few. It's not who you are, or where you are, but what you can bring to the magazine that counts. And our Issue Three contributors have brought a feast.

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posted by Debbie

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Friday, May 23, 2008 / 00:23:01
GUD will also be, well, vicariously present in the form of some of our contributors... Darja Malcolm-Clarke (Issue 3), Shweta Narayan (Issues 0 & 3), and Nisi Shawl (Issue 1) will be on an assortment of panels, and the latter two (at least) will be participating in readings. And that's just who I happen to know about.

Do I really think anyone who's reading this posting at this late date is actually on their way to WisCon, and will be able to take advantage of this knowledge? Well, no, not really; I'm just bragging about our contributors! More reasons to check us out. :)
Thursday, June 19, 2008 / 18:53:53
Issue 0, Kaolin Fire Chief Instigator:

fiction: 11 M / 9 F
poetry: 6 M (4 unique) / 3 F
reports: 2 M
art: 6 M (2 unique) / 3 F
comics: 2 M
[TOTAL]: 27 M (21 unique) / 15 F

Issue 1, Sue Miller Chief Instigator:

fiction: 9 M / 9 F
poetry: 8 M (3 unique) / 2 F (1 unique)
reports: 1 M
art: 6 (5 unique) / 3 (2 unique)
[TOTAL]: 24 M (18 unique) / 14 F (12 unique)

Issue 2, Sal Coraccio Chief Instigator:

fiction: 12 (11 unique) / 3 F
poetry: 2 M / 3 F
art: 8 M (6 unique) / 1 F
[TOTAL]: 22 M (18 unique) / 7 F

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