Men still dominate in lit mags, but women are experimenting with longform online

Literary journalism will have a digital future. Exhibit A: Snow Fall. Exhibit B: The Atavist.  Amazon and BuzzFeed are also becoming major outlets for in-depth narratives.

But what kind of role will women play in telling the longform stories of tomorrow?

When it comes to traditional literary magazines, men still dominate, according to a recent survey by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Harper’s Magazine, for example, published 141 stories by men last year and just 42 by women. At the New Yorker it was 613 pieces by men and 242 by women.

It’s far too soon to take a scientific look at the gender breakdown of digital longform efforts, but women have been among those experimenting on new platforms. Seven of the¬†stories recently posted on The Atavist were at least partially produced by women, and women wrote about a dozen of the Kindle Singles listed under the “reporting” category.

Still a minority, but a start.