Diversity in Publishing – Organizations & Initiatives
Projects and Initiatives
Abellera, Lisa, et al. Lit Agents of Color. Visit Site.
Asians in Publishing. Visit Facebook page.
Baker, Jenn. Minorities in Publishing. Listen to Podcast.
Chen, Ken, et al. Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Visit Site.
Cordasco, Rachel. The SFT Podcast – Speculative Fiction in Translation. Listen to Podcast.
Dani & Mollie. Black Chick Lit. Listen to Podcast.
Del Bucchia, Dina & Sookfong Lee, Jen. CAN’T LIT. Listen to Podcast.
Demby, Gene, et al. Code Switch. NPR.Org. Listen to Podcast.
Disabled Writers. Visit Site.
Duyvis, Corinne & Keplinger, Kody. Disability in Kidlit. Visit Site.
Editors of Color. Conscious Style Guide (Karen Yin). Visit Site.
Ladha, Rahim. Shoot-for-The-Moon Fund for Trans Writers, Visit Webpage.
Landers, Sue, et al. Lambda Literary. (Foundation.) “[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.” Visit Site.
Latinx 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. Visit Site.
Lean In, A global community dedicated to helping women achieve their ambitions. Visit Site.
Lemiski, Mica. “Fainting Couch Feminists” Podcast. Room Magazine. Listen to Podcasts.
Lo, Malinda & Pon, Cindy. Diversity in YA, (Young Adult Books.) Although the site is still up, stopped posting as of December 2015. Visit Site.
Microaggressions: Power, Privilege, and Everyday Life. Visit Site
People of Color in Publishing, Visit Site.
Post, Chad. Three Percent Podcast. A destination for readers, editors, and translators interested in finding out about modern and contemporary international literature. Listen to Podcast.
Publishing in Color: Spiritual Writers Conference for Underrepresented Groups. Visit Site.
Saleem, Ikhlas & Ali, Makkah. Identity Politics Podcast. Listen to Podcast.
Strom, Dao & Aitken, Neil. De-Canon: A Visibility Project. A “pop-up library” and web resource project that showcases literary art by writers/artists of colour. Visit Site.
Thompson, Rachel. Lit Mag Love. Podcasts and course. Visit Site.
Wong, Alice. Disability Visibility Project. An online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. Visit Site.
Yueh, Marvin & Yoo, Reera. Books & Boba. A book club and podcast dedicated to spotlighting books written by authors of Asian descent. Visit Site.
Awards & Funding
Carl Brandon Society. The mission of the society is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. Visit Site.
Indigenous Voices Awards. To support and nurture the work of indigenous writers in lands claimed by Canada. Visit Site.
Nepveu, Kate. Con or Bust – Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons. (SFF=Science Fiction and Fantasy.) Visit Site.
Inclusive Conferences, Festivals, and Events:
BIPOC Writers Connect: Mentorship, Networking, Training. Conference, Toronto, October 30, 2019. The Writers’ Union of Canada. Visit Site.
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. Visit Site.
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival. Annual event in March organized by Room magazine in Vancouver, BC. Visit Site.
“Industry Inclusion and Equity Writing Programs, Conferences and Festivals.” Writers Guild of America West. Visit Site.
Pruys, Sarah. “Publishing Unbound: Inclusivity and Accountability in Canadian Publishing.” Publishing @ SFU. Held on February 9-11, 2018. Posted January 26, 2018. Read About.
WisCon. A feminist science fiction & fantasy convention held annually in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit Site.
Mentorships and Other Career Assistance
Awaken. New York (?)-based inclusivity workshop organizers. Visit Site.
Diaspora Dialogues. Supports diverse writers to turn their craft into a career through mentorship, professional development and opportunities to publish and present their work. Visit Site.
InkWell. 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. Visit Site.
Jackson, Catrice. SHETalks WETalk: Race Talks for Women. Visit Site.
“Learning Lab: BIPOC Performing Artists Edition.” ArtStarts. Visit Webpage.
Mejias, Michael, et al. Inkluded. 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. Visit Site.
“Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship.” Toronto Arts Council. Read About Grant Program.
People Of Color In Publishing. Visit Site.
Phelan, Beth, moderator and host. #DVPit. A Twitter pitching event for marginalized authors and illustrators only. 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. Visit Site.
Thursdays Writing Collective. Creative writing workshops and support for writers in Vancouver’s downtown eastside that ran from 2008-2018. Visit Site.
We Need Diverse Books. Advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honours the lives of all young people. Visit Site.
Writing the Other. Resources and workshops on writing characters very different from the writer sensitively and convincingly. Visit Site.