15 January 200915 January 2009 Main Posts Literary magazines and women writers Kalinda Ashton Kerryn Goldsworthy makes an interesting observation about the role of gender in the recent Quadrant hoaxing kerfuffle. The representation of women in literary journals, and how to increase the number of women writing for the magazine, especially writing on politics, has been a subject we’ve returned to year-in, year-out. Women are over-represented in creative writing courses yet often literary magazines end up with an atrocious balance (we’re not exempt). Curiously, I have heard that when pieces, articles, stories or poems are assessed blindly (without any names or information about gender), women tend to do much better at being selected, although I haven’t seen the studies. What about editorship of literary magazines? Sophie Cunningham leads Meanjin at the moment but the general trend, Overland included, is not pretty. Kalinda Ashton Kalinda Ashton is the author of The Danger Game (Sleepers, 2009). More by Kalinda Ashton Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?