FUSE’s mission is to foster visionary magazine work and to support undergraduates who are eager to pursue careers in writing, publishing and editing. FUSE provides a wide range of tools necessary for students to further their editing and writing endeavors, and is designed also to be accessible to professors of editing and publishing courses, faculty advisors of literary magazines, and directors of undergraduate programs.
The main goal of FUSE is to operate through the formation of college chapters that work to encourage magazine staffs and writers within their own communities as well as at other schools. The members of FUSE run workshops, write reviews of literary magazines, and provide assistance as well as a social outlet for undergraduate editors and writers. This supportive environment opens doors for professional training and teamwork within writing departments. In addition to the main goals, a FUSE chapter might publicize literary journals and blogs, hold fundraising events, organize extramural trips, host readings, and much more. A FUSE chapter is a small group meant to draw people with a common interest into a much bigger family of editors and writers across the nation.
The FUSE website aims to encourage communication among and between students at schools with FUSE chapters, and it helps new schools discover the FUSE resources. The FUSE website hosts a continuously evolving archive of undergraduate writing across North America. By providing links to individual journals in the Directory, FUSE shares and promotes innovations in editing and publishing. FUSE also reviews undergraduate magazines, celebrating aspiring writers and editors and helping to enlarge the readership of these magazines.
To supplement its web presence, FUSE holds an annual conference where students can display their magazines, attend workshops in magazine design, and participate in readings and contests.