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August 14th, 2007

Fiction collections and wimminz

I was e-hanging with some other chick writers last night when the subject of women writers who have won Stokers arose. Now truthfully, I think women have done okay in the Stokers (up until the last two years, that is), but one bizarre little fact is that no female writer has ever taken home a Stoker in the Fiction Collection category.

Hmmm...not quite sure what to make of that. My first thought was that there just aren't that many fiction collections published by women. Take, for example, Nancy Holder, who is a three-time winner of the Stoker for Short Fiction: Nancy has never had a collection of her short fiction published. Or how about Short Fiction winner and multiple nominee Nancy Etchemendy? No collection of her adult work (she has published a collection of short fiction for young readers). Let's not talk about this year's winner of the Short Fiction award, who hasn't exactly been deluged with demands for a collection.

I was going to mention that I don't exactly see lots of new collections by women listed at the small presses, but I've ranted on that before and ain't goin' there again.

The good news is that the Stokers have had plenty of women at least nominated in Fiction Collection, so that gives me some smidgen of hope. A tiny, microscopic smidgen, but hey - I'll take whatever I can get these days.