With this year’s finalists announced, we now have a hefty data set of who gets nominated for the Dragon Awards. I haven’t been counting the game of movie categories but I have been including all the story categories including comics and graphic novels. I’m still looking at publishers but that’s going to take some more work in terms of defining who is what.
I’ve done a binary classification (M v F) of gender of authors based on name or profile pronoun. I don’t think there are any non-binary authors who have been finalists as yet. More generally, apologies to any author I’ve misclassified.
- “All” includes all novel categories, comics and graphic novels
- “Novels” is novel categories only
- “Counts” is novels but instead of the sum of authors by gender it is the count of novels with an author of a given gender
That “counts” column sounds odd but it’s there because there are a lot of dual authored books nominated and most of those are two male authors (outside of comics, I think there is only one exception). With the counts column a book with two male authors gets counted once and a book with a male & female author would be counted once for each column (so twice in total).
So first the bad news. Using the ‘counts’ data that’s 133 out of 186 for men or 72% and that’s using the measure with the least discrepancy. Judge against a 50/50 chance of male v female then it’s a wholly unlikely occurrence.
The good news is that 2019 is quite different from previous years. Here is the ‘counts’ data as percentages:
A 60-40 split still isn’t great representation but other literary awards have had worse. It’s also a change for the better and a fairly dramatic one based on past data. Here it is graphically:
As a change in the kind of works being nominated, there is a quantifiable change in the nature of the Dragon Award finalists this year. Obviously the question is why?