Several days ago I got a message from a writer asking me if I was aware of any literary journals or magazines that had conservative leanings. Predictability my answer was negative. I can’t think of any literary journal, magazine, publication, focused on literature or genre fiction that had a conservative outlook.
I did a cursory search trying to find at least one that would qualify and the closest thing I found was the literature book reviews found at The Imaginative Conservative and individual blogs and reviews done over at The American Conservative. The field is barren.
At this point, I want to address some points that you might be thinking about. What about Baen? Well, Baen does not have a conservative focus, Baen does not go out its way as a publisher to search out and publish conservative ideas. Baen is a politically neutral publisher in the same way all publishers used to be decades ago. The same applies to independent magazines like Cirsova, which I love, but the publisher does not specifically focus on conservative ideas or push conservative concepts to the forefront.
If you look at every major publisher, agent, and magazine, they are blatantly and without reservation progressive institutions. From Tor to Orbit to the smaller publications like Strange Horizons the progressive agenda is front and center and often paired with unmasked hostility towards any conservative thought. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, an organization meant to promote and protect the careers of all SFF writers openly uses its funds in support of progressive organizations and discriminates based on the skin color of their writers under the guise of anti-racism.
Of course, things might be different in other genres, please feel free to inform me of the state of conservatism in the Horror and Mystery world, but I’m not going to hold my breath. The only genre where you find open conservatism is in the conservative political opinion market. I challenge you to do some quick online searches and reading the mission statements of some of the industry’s top agents. If you find one that has a hint of conservatism please sent me a link.
The hard truth is that the academic and the publishing world is closed and hostile to conservative thought, and this fact is not only damaging to conservatives but our greater culture.
Publishing is no country for the Right.