Publishers and Diversity – YA SFF/H 2020

In light of the ongoing conversation about diversity in publishing, I decided to take a look at the stats for 2020. For the last few years I’ve kept track of all the books being published in young adult speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror). This year I started tracking whether or not the author is BIPOC and if the author and/or characters have marginalized identities (such as disability, being queer, BIPOC, etc.). Jumping off of that, I broke out the stats for the Big 6 publishing houses and other smaller companies that are publishing more than 5 YA SFF/H books this year.

I intend to continue collecting this data for future years and doing comparisons, but here’s where we stand as of 2020.

The Big 6

Hachette Book Group
Books: 10
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 2 (20%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 4 (40%)

HarperCollins Publishers
Books: 51
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 16 (31%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 25 (49%)

Holtzbrinck/Macmillan 
Books: 69
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 19 (28%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 28 (41%)

Penguin Random House
Books: 52
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 12 (23%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 16 (31%)

Scholastic Inc.
Books: 7
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 2 (29%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 2 (29%)

Simon & Schuster
Books: 22
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 6 (27%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 8 (36%)

Other publishers

Disney Publishing
Books: 10
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 2 (20%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 2 (20%)

Sourcebooks Fire
Books: 10
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 3 (30%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 7 (70%)

Harlequin
Books: 9
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 3 (33%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 3 (33%)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Books: 9
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 0 (0%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 3 (33%)

Entangled Publishing
Books: 7
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 2 (29%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 2 (29%)

Abrams
Books: 5
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 2 (40%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 3 (60%)

Bloomsbury Publishing
Books: 6
Books with BIPOC authors/contributors: 3 (50%)
Books by/about people with marginalized identities: 3 (50%)

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