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Updated: 19 Mar. 2023

Statistics

By Clare MacQueen

Preface MacQ-17:
29 January 2023
MacQ-16:
1 January 2023
2022 Stats:
Issues 11 thru 15
2021 Stats:
Issues 6 thru 10
2020 Stats:
Issues 1 thru 5

 

Preface (Updated 19 March 2023):

Re the usage of “new” and “reprints” in these stats: New works are those that are previously uncurated. That is, those which have not appeared in any curated collection, whether in print or online—such as anthologies, books, chapbooks, journals, magazines, newspapers, etc. In other words, MacQueen’s Quinterly is the first curator of the works.

Reprints are works which were previously curated. And Clare solicits reprints for MacQ on a limited basis by contacting authors and artists directly. When publishing reprints, she will also include a note to credit the previous curator.

This concept of curation “leaves open the ability to self-publish on social media or blogs or message boards. It allows the work to be shared on podcasts and open mics,” as Rattle editor Timothy Green writes in Uncurated: The Case for a New Term of Art (Lit Mag News, 16 March 2023). “Tweet your poems and flash fiction. Tag the person it was written for on Facebook. Workshop stories online. Blog chapters from your novel-in-progress. This is how a literary culture thrives.”



MacQ-17 (published 29 January 2023):

1. Content: The total of 107 pieces published in Issue 17 includes 92 written works and 15 visual artworks. Of the 92 written works, 89 are new (or ~97%).

Of the 15 visual artworks, two are new (or ~15%): an untitled haiga by Kala Ramesh, and an untitled collaborative shahai by Gary S. Rosin and Jan S. Rosin.

2. Submissions: These data are for Issues 16 and 17 combined, given that submissions for both issues were considered during a single reading period in November 2022.

A total of 1,190 works were considered (representing 121 submissions), and MacQ’s publisher selected 217 pieces, which is 18.25% of the total number considered. Issue 16 contains 110 of the pieces selected, and Issue 17 contains 107 of them.

Across 17 issues, MacQ’s acceptance rate averages ~19 percent. The highest rate was 29% in the first issue and the lowest was 8.6% for the Cheribun Challenge in Issue 12. Discounting the Challenge, MacQ-12’s acceptance rate was 21.5 percent.

3. VIDA Stats: MacQ-17 contains works by a total of 64 contributors: 35 women (~55%) and 29 men (~45%).

Of the 64 contributors, 16 (or ~25%) are “new to MacQ”—that is, their works do not appear previously in MacQueen’s Quinterly nor in KYSO Flash, MacQ’s predecessor. Of the 16 “new” contributors, 9 are women (~56%) and 7 are men (~44%).

Across 17 issues of MacQ, the number of “new to MacQ” contributors published therein averages 40.3 percent, ranging from a low of 25% in Issue 17 to a high of 58% in Issue 10 (October 2021).

With MacQ, as it was with KYSO Flash, publisher Clare MacQueen’s goal is to balance the ratio of women to men authors and artists whenever possible—which has happened only twice: Issue 14 of MacQ contains works by 70 contributors, exactly half of whom are women. And Issue 7 of KYSO Flash contains works by 32 contributors, 16 of whom are women.

Across 17 issues of MacQ, the number of women authors and artists published therein averages 52 percent, ranging from a low of 40% in Issue 1 (January 2020) to a high of 62.5% in Issue 12 (March 2022).

[Across 12 issues of KYSO Flash, from Fall 2014 thru Summer 2019, the number of women published therein averages 52 percent, ranging from a low of 44% in Issue 3 (Spring 2015) to a high of 59% in Issue 11 (Spring 2019). For additional KYSO Flash data, see Historical VIDA stats.]

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts



MacQ-16 (published 1 January 2023):

1. Content: The total of 110 pieces published in Issue 16 includes 90 written works and 20 visual artworks. Of the 90 written works, 88 are new (or ~97.7%).

Of the 20 visual artworks, two are new (or 11%): an untitled photo-poem by Peggy Hale Bilbro, and a collaborative shahai by Gary S. Rosin and Jana Craighead Smith.

2. Submissions: These data are for Issues 16 and 17 combined, given that submissions for both issues were considered during a single reading period in November 2022.

A total of 1,190 works were considered (representing 121 submissions), and MacQ’s publisher selected 217 pieces, which is 18.25% of the total number considered. Issue 16 contains 110 of the pieces selected, and Issue 17 contains 107 of them.

3. VIDA Stats: MacQ-16 contains works by a total of 58 contributors: 31 women (53.5%) and 27 men (46.5%).

Of the 58 contributors, 21 (or 36.2%) are “new to MacQ”—that is, their works do not appear previously in MacQueen’s Quinterly nor in KYSO Flash, MacQ’s predecessor. Of the 21 “new” contributors, 12 are women (57%) and 9 are men (43%).

[Across 12 issues of KYSO Flash, from Fall 2014 thru Summer 2019, the number of women published therein averages 52 percent, ranging from a low of 44% in Issue 3 (Spring 2015) to a high of 59% in Issue 11 (Spring 2019). For additional KYSO Flash data, see Historical VIDA stats.]

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts



Historical VIDA Stats for KYSO Flash:

With MacQueen’s Quinterly, as it was with KYSO Flash, our publisher’s goal is to balance the ratio of women to men authors and artists whenever possible—which has happened twice now: Issue 14 of MacQ contains works by 70 contributors, exactly half of whom are women, and Issue 7 of KYSO Flash contains works by 32 contributors, 16 of whom are women.

However, in each of 12 issues, from Fall 2014 thru Summer 2019, KYSO Flash consistently published a minimum of 44% women authors and artists. Fifty-nine percent was the highest percentage of women published, which occurred in Issue 11, Spring 2019.

Details about each of those issues follow below.

    Issue   Total
Contributors
  Women   Men   Non-binary
1   KF-12
2019
  74   43
(58.5%)
  30
(40%)
  1
(1.5%)

 

2   KF-11
2019
  71   42
(59%)
  29
(41%)
  N/A

 

3   KF-10
2018
  44   24
(54%)
  20
(46%)
  N/A

 

4   KF-9
2018
  56   27
(48%)
  29
(52%)
  N/A

 

    Issue   Total
Contributors
  Women   Men   Non-binary
5   KF-8
2017
  65   32
(49%)
  33
(51%)
  N/A

 

6   KF-7
2017
  32   16
(50%)
  16
(50%)
  N/A

 

7   KF-6
2016
  75   43
(57%)
  32
(43%)
  N/A

 

8   KF-5
2016
  52   24
(46%)
  28
(54%)
  N/A

 

    Issue   Total
Contributors
  Women   Men   Non-binary
9   KF-4
2015
  41   21
(51%)
  20
(49%)
  N/A

 

10   KF-3
2015
  46   20
(44%)
  26
(56%)
  N/A

 

11   KF-2
2015
  58   26
(45%)
  32
(55%)
  N/A

 

12   KF-1
2014
  53   28
(53%)
  25
(47%)
  N/A

 

  1. Issue 12, aka KF-12 (Summer 2019), contains works by a total of 74 contributors: 43 women (58.5%), 1 non-binary person (1.5%), and 30 men (40%).

    Of the total in KF-12, 30 contributors (40%) are new to KYSO Flash. Of the new contributors, 16 are women and one identifies as non-binary.

  2. KF-11 (Spring 2019) contains works by a total of 71 contributors: 42 women (59%) and 29 men (41%). Of the total, 34 contributors (or 48%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  3. KF-10 (Fall 2018) contains works by a total of 44 contributors: 24 women (54%) and 20 men (46%). Of the total, 18 contributors (or 41%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  4. KF-9 (Spring 2018) contains works by a total of 56 contributors: 27 women (48%) and 29 men (52%). Of the total, 22 contributors (or 39%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  5. KF-8 (August 2017) contains works by a total of 65 contributors: 32 women (49%) and 33 men (51%). Of the total, 37 contributors (or 57%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  6. KF-7 (Spring 2017) contains works by a total of 32 contributors: 16 women (50%) and 16 men (50%). Of the total, 12 contributors (or 37.5%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  7. KF-6 (Fall 2016) contains works by 75 contributors: 43 women (57%) and 32 men (43%). Of the total, 49 contributors (or 65%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  8. KF-5 (Spring 2016) contains works by 52 contributors: 24 women (46%) and 28 men (54%). Of the total, 34 contributors (or 65%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  9. KF-4 (Fall 2015) contains works by 41 authors and artists: 21 women (51%) and 20 men (49%). Of the total, 27 contributors (or 66%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  10. KF-3 (Spring 2015) contains works by 46 authors and artists: 20 women (44%) and 26 men (56%). Of the total, 27 contributors (or 59%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  11. KF-2 (Winter 2015) contains works by 58 authors and artists: 26 women (45%) and 32 men (55%). Of the total, 52 contributors (or 90%) are new to KYSO Flash.

  12. KF-1 (Fall 2014) contains works by 53 authors and artists: 28 women (53%) and 25 men (47%).


 
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