A few days ago I mentioned a blog post that riffed off a WSJ article about women using male pseudonyms to get better sales for their books. Since then io9 has referenced the article and one of the topics that has come up in the comments was the fact that people are reading more male authors than female.
All of this reminded me of a recent posting on the Clarkes World blog about their slush pile. They broke it down by gender and genre, with male authors submissions double, or more, in most cases than female submissions. I've often wondered if this were a regular occurrence for most magazines. I spoke once with Anthony Neil Smith, editor of Plots With Guns at the time, and he told me at that time they received more submissions from male than female authors also.
When you're outnumbered more than two to one in the slush piles the odds are that more male writers are going to grab those open slots. So maybe it's not just about prejudice against a female author, but the overwhelming number of submissions by male writers putting the odds in their favor.
So, any other editors out there finding that same ratio of submissions or is this simply something that goes on more in the sci-fi genre? Curious minds want to know.