What Can The Mystery Writers Of America Learn About Discrimination

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What Can The Mystery Writers Of America Learn About Discrimination From The Sneetches?

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA), an organization that defines itself as ” the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre,” has developed a list of “approved publishers,” and a set of criteria authors must meet to join as active members or enter the prestigious Edgar Award contest. The MWA criteria blatantly discriminate against authors whose books are published by companies that are not on an MWA-approved list. And in an alarming trend, conferences and contests are adopting this discriminatory, elitist list.

The MWA approved-publisher list reminds me of the Dr. Seuss story about the Star-Belly Sneetches. If you recall, down in Sneetchlandor wherever they livedsome Sneetches had stars on their bellies and some didn’t. The Star-Belly Sneetches thought they were so much better than the Plain-Belly ones that they ignored them, didn’t invite them to their events and generally would have nothing to do with them. This is a lot like the...

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