Hell yes, Tin House. Way to identify a problem and take active steps to rectify it, rather than just assuring everyone gravely that we all need to do better, and leaving it at that. We also find it pretty fascinating that women — at least the women who submit to Tin House — are so much more polite than their male counterparts, even when it’s to their detriment. Could this anecdote have something to do with the greater systemic issue? Do female writers suffer from the same setbacks in getting published as the professional women Sheryl Sandberg describes in her controversial and endlessly discussed new book, Lean In?
For Granta‘s John Freeman, it was even simpler than all that. “We are of course very pleased by [how we performed in the VIDA count],” he told us, “but Granta has no secret for how we maintain these percentages. I don’t force myself to think of Louise Erdrich, or Karen Russell. Or some of the writers who are on our upcoming Best of Young British Novelists issue. In fact, it is hard for me not to; to me, they are simply the best out there.” Yes, yes they are. Now if only everyone would realize it.