On Equity in Publishing

November 17, 2015 | 2

Over at Paper Darts, Rachel Charlene Lewis argues that editors must be held accountable for the issue of diversity in publishing. As she explains it, “The fun part about focusing instead on the role of editors is that there is an answer—we need more diverse editors, and we need editors who do the work.”

is an intern for The Millions. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Ploughshares online, Music & Literature, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is currently the assistant fiction editor for Washington Square Review. She tweets at @bdantaslobato.


  1. Ho-hum, another day, another paint-by-numbers effort urging subpar writers to use identity politics guilt to gain an edge in a tough market. Hey, maybe in the interest of “diversity”, we could occasionally see an essay pointing out all the fallacious aspects of this shallow genre. (Yeah, I know. Fat chance.)

  2. Seems there is going to be a time when we’re going to have to decide what we value more: art or inclusiveness. Submitting your race along with your story is such a sad idea; it’s obviously not ok to use race to reject a story, but it’s okay to use it to accept one? Jesus Christ.

    Instead of this kind of ridiculous shit, how about: write better.

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