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2023 FUSE Conference

Literary Publishing in 2023: Where Are We Going, Where Have We Been? 


“The culture of the past is more alive in its magazines than in any other textual form, because it is all there, the art and the lice, the truth and the lies.” 

—Robert Scholes 

Literary journals continue to create conversation and offer writers and readers a community. How has the conversation changed, expanded, or diversified since the first literary journals were published? How has the changing world impacted the conversation? What will this conversation sound/look/feel like tomorrow? The 2023 FUSE conference focuses on the rich past, present, and future of literary journals and seeks panels, workshops, and roundtables that explore this topic interpreted broadly. 


Here are some possibilities: 

  • The lasting impact of some defunct journals 

  • Learning from the past, retrospectives of particular journals 

  • Politics, manifestos, and the radical past  

  • Activism and the literary journals 

  • Tracing your journal’s past—What did you discover? 

  • Starting Again: Literary journal revivals 

  • Censorship and institutional support 

  • Reaching readers in the age of distraction 

  • Employing new modes of storytelling—graphic, digital, multimedia 

  • Moving from print to online 

  • Influences of online journals on print journals 

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in literary journals 

  • Building literary partnerships across campus and campuses 

  • Sustaining the conversation in an uncertain future 

  • Embracing of “nonliterary” genres 


Please submit a proposal of no more than 150 words to by Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Keynote Speaker

Becky Tuch is a fiction and nonfiction writer, based in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary and commercial venues such as Gulf Coast, Tikkun Magazine, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Best of the Net. Her short fiction has been honored with awards and fellowships from Moment Magazine, the Somerville, MA Arts Council and the MacDowell Colony. From 2008-2019 she ran The Review Review, a site dedicated to helping writers navigate the world of literary magazines, selected by Writer's Digest Magazine as one of 101 Best Websites for Writers for seven consecutive years. Currently, she writes and curates Lit Mag News, a best-selling Substack newsletter dedicated to lit mag publishing. Learn more at 
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Dates and Registration

This year's FUSE Conference will be hosted at SUNY Geneseo. Participants should plan to arrive by the afternoon of Thursday, November 2nd and leave on the afternoon of Saturday, November 4th. Registration is $200, which includes an annual FUSE membership and two student attendees. Each additional student participant is $75.  
Use this form to register for the conference!
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Lodging Information

There are 25 rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn Geneseo for conference attendees. To reserve a room in this block, please call 585-447-9040 by October 4th. The discount rate is available by calling the hotel between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays and speaking with Stephanie.

Each room is a standard queen with two beds. The cost is $150/per night and is tax exempt (send tax exemption forms to Rachel Hall, The hotel is located at 4250 Lakeville Road 
Geneseo, NY 14454, a five-minute drive from campus.
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