“You were brilliant, I think, but consumed by the inevitability of the abattoir. In your fiction all the gates are closed; characters are funnelled down a chute to flashing knives.” Epistolatory criticism first published 2015.
The data suggest that the step from literary prize shortlist to winner might be an important inflection point in the operation of unconscious bias against women in literary prizes. Or: this is where women’s voices are throttled.
The single most important thing we (readers, writers, journalists, critics, publishers, editors, etc.) can do to improve the visibility, on the shelves and in the media, of women writing about women, is talk about them whenever we talk about books.