Diversity in Publishing – Organizations & Initiatives
–Last checked and updated April 29, 2020 by Rujipa Laosin, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student.
Projects and Initiatives
Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW).
The AAWW, created and written by Asian Americans, has been designed to promote and make visible the work of Asian American authors. The online content includes magazine articles and a series of podcasts. (Accessed Apr. 23, 2020.) Visit Site
Asians in Publishing.
This resource is specifically created to support Asians in publishing and literature. The Facebook group offers mentorship and building connections in the community. (Accessed Apr. 23, 2020.) Visit Facebook page
Baker, Jenn. Minorities in Publishing. Tumblr.
The podcast provides discussion on the topic of diversity among authors, people in the book publishing industry, people in literary fields, as well as other professionals working in-house. (Accessed Apr. 23, 2020.) How to Access Podcast
This is a monthly podcast hosted by Dina Del and Jen Sookfong Lee. There are a wide range of Canadian topics that are covered in this podcast, including literature. (Accessed Apr. 23, 2020.) Listen to Podcasts
Code Switch. National Public Radio.
The weekly podcast is run by a team of multi-racial and multi-generation journalists who are interested in race and racism in society. The topics in the podcast cover issues related to race and how they impact different areas of society. (Accessed Apr. 23, 2020.) Listen to Podcasts
Dani & Mollie. Black Chick Lit.
The bi-monthly podcast covers books that are written by black women authors. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Listen to Podcasts
Disability in Kidlit.
The website contains information related to the portrayal of disability young adult literature. One of the purposes of the creator is to help writers create more authentic, accurate, and respectful disabled characters. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
This resource is designed to support editors who want to connect with disabled people who currently work in the field or those who want to work in the field. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Diversity in YA. (Currently on hiatus)
The website features published guest posts and author interviews which are related to diversity in young adult literature. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Editors of Color.
This is a database that contains listings of people of colour who work in different professions, including editors. The goal is to provide networks to help diversify companies and other organizations. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
“[N]urtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.” (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Latinos in Publishing.
“A network of book professionals committed to supporting and increasing the number of Latino/a/x in the publishing industry, as well as promoting literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people.” (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
The website Lean In is a collection of resources to “help women achieve their ambitions and work to create an equal world.” (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Lemiski, Mica, interviewer. “Fainting Couch Feminists.” Room Magazine.
The podcast series is a collection of interviews with women which covers a wide rage of topics: gender, politics, relationships and literature. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Listen to Podcasts
Microaggressions: Power, Privilege, and Everyday Life.
The blog is a project whose purpose is to create awareness of everyday microaggressions by presenting a collection of real-life examples. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
People of Color in Publishing.
The website has been created to support and empower people of colour throughout the publishing industry, including native/indigenous people. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Post, Chad. “Three Percent Podcast.”
“A destination for readers, editors, and translators interested in finding out about modern and contemporary international literature.” (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Listen to Podcasts
Publishing in Color: Conferences for Spiritual Writers of Color.
This resource is a series of conferences and workshops for groups of writers of colour who are currently under-represented in publication. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Saleem, Ikhlas & Makkah Ali. “A podcast on race, gender and Muslims in North America.”
The podcast features new stories and views of race, gender and life of American Muslims from invited guests who share their perspectives. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Listen to Podcasts
The SFT Podcast. “Speculative Fiction in Translation.”
This collection of podcast series shares knowledge and experience of authors, translators, editors and publishers related to their perspectives on speculative fiction from diverse countries. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Access to Podcasts
Strom, Dao & Neil Aitken, directors. De-Canon: A Visibility Project. “A ‘pop-up library’ and web resource project that showcases literary art by writers/artists of color.” (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Wong, Alice, director. Disability Visibility Project.
“An online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.” (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Yueh, Marvin & Reera Yoo, hosts. Books & Boba.
“A book club and podcast dedicated to spotlighting books written by authors of Asian descent.” (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Awards & Funding
The Canadian Ethnic Media Awards
Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) is formerly known as the Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writer Club. The organization supports ethnic professionals in the fields of print, radio, television, and online journalism. There is a total of seven awards categories in 2020. The competition is welcome to all journalists, in any language, whether they are members of the Association or not. (Accessed Apr. 29, 2020.) Visit Site
Carl Brandon Society.
The society’s goal is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. There are two awards given from this society and both award work related to speculative fiction. The winners will receive a $1000 cash prize. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Con or Bust: Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons.
This organization is a not-for profit organization whose purpose is to help people of colour attend Science Fiction Conventions. This fund is an annual fund through donation and an online auction. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
First Peoples’ Cultural Council.
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) was created by the BC government in 1990. The program offers funding for individual Indigenous artists living in BC. The artistic works can be in any artistic discipline: visual, literary, media and more. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
“Fund for Trans Writers.” Shoot-for-The-Moon.
This is a project to raise ongoing grants to support QTzS, BIPOC and disabled writers in Canada. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Page
Indigenous Voices Awards.
The award is created to support and nurture the work of Indigenous writers and Indigenous artistic communities. The eligible applicants for the competition must be Indigenous. The prizes are divided into three categories: Unpublished Literary Art by Emerging Writers, Published or Performed Literary Art by Emerging Writers and Published or Unpublished Literary Art by Emerging Writers. There are cash prizes from $2,000 to $5,000. The last day of submission is on Jun 21, 2020. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
Inclusive Conferences, Festivals, and Events
The Festival of Literary Diversity.
FOLD celebrates diversity in literature by promoting “diverse authors and stories in Brampton, Ontario – one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities.” In 2020, there were over twenty literary events held virtually between April 30 and May 3. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival.
Annual event in March organized by Room magazine in Vancouver, BC. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
The International Women’s Media Foundation.
The program supports reporting projects, particularly stories of global importance and underreported stories. Women journalists, which includes trans women, and non-binary people, from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply to the program. “IWMF will make an annual total of $230,000 worth of grants through four rounds of funding through 2025. The average grant size in $10,000.” (Accessed Apr. 28, 2020.) Visit Site
LiterASIAN Writers Festival
The festival was originally held in Vancouver. From 2018, the University of Toronto and Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop are the hosts of the LiterASIAN festival in Toronto. “The festival’s purpose is to promote and celebrate the works of Asian Canadian writers and artists.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
Wakefield Writers Festival
“Writers Fete is one of the most anticipated cultural and literary events in the region. We work purposefully to build a linguistically diverse program that showcases local and national francophone, anglophone, ethnic and indigenous literary talent.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
“A feminist science fiction & fantasy convention held annually in Madison, Wisconsin.” This year 2020, the event will be virtually held on May 22-25. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
Writers Guild of North America.
“Industry Inclusion and Equity Writing Programs, Conferences and Festivals.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
Mentorships and Other Career Assistance
This program is designed to empower “leaders and teams to lead inclusively and authentically.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
“Supports diverse writers to turn their craft into a career through mentorship, professional development and opportunities to publish and present their work.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
The Editor-Writer Mentorship
The program is to help pair upcoming writers from underrepresented groups with an experienced publishing editor. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
The Future Is You and Me.
A Vancouver-based program “designed to support young women of colour to take on leadership positions in arts, cultural and creative industries.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
Inkluded: An Inclusive, Literary Community.
Champions diversity in publishing by supporting like-minded organizations and works to develop and place young people from diverse backgrounds into their first publishing jobs. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
“Offers free, drop-in creative-writing workshops in Toronto to people living with mental-health or addictions issues led by award-winning professional writers with lived experience of mental illness.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
“Learning Lab: BIPOC Performing Artists Edition.” ArtStarts.
This is a lab to help professionals develop experiences in various fields. “Learning Lab is to build capacity for performing artists who are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
Literary Agents of Color.
The website is a resource for writers or illustrators who have struggled to find agents of colour in publishing. (Accessed Apr. 24, 2020.) Visit Site
“Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship.” Toronto Arts Council.
The program offers support to individual newcomer and refugee professional artists and to be mentored in their chosen arts discipline. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) More Info
Phelan, Beth, host and moderator. #DVPit: A Twitter pitching event for marginalized authors and illustrators. The annual online event provides a chance for authors and illustrators to promote their work. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
Thursdays Writing Collective.
This archive resource contains related writing workshops and support for writers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that ran from 2008-2018. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
We Need Diverse Books.
This blog advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honours the lives of all young people. (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site
Writing the Other.
Resources and workshops on “writing characters very different from” the writer “sensitively and convincingly.” (Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.) Visit Site