Frequently Asked Questions
What is FUSE?
The Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors is an organization run by students and their faculty advisers that strives to cultivate a diverse and ever growing community of undergraduate students, faculty, and university partners for the purpose of collaboration, conversation, and solution building for the problems facing the literary world today. Through conferences, caucuses, reviews and interviews, the Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors hopes to create a collective of voices and a rich rhetoric among undergraduate literary journals that does not seem to exist otherwise. In other words, we seek to be a support system for undergraduate literary writing and are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to serve our constituents.
Below is a sample of the constitution used by FUSE Chapters.
How do we become a member and why should we?
It's wonderfully easy to become a member! Simply send us an email through our "contact us" button at the bottom of any page stating that you would like to become a member and we will get in contact with you about your next steps and assist in the creation of you chapter. Membership is a paid subscription but gives 2 students free admission to our following conference as well as the opportunity to write reviews and interviews for the FUSE website. Students from member organizations may also be considered and advertised to about certain internships hosted by FUSE available to students often regardless of location. To top it all off, there is a special banner on the front page that advertises FUSE member affiliated journals as well as a separate easy to access directory just for member organizations.
Some more basic information on starting a FUSE chapter at your college or university can be found here.
What is the FUSE Conference and how does it work?
The FUSE Conference is an annual undergraduate conference held each year at a different member organization's college or university. Past locations include Bennington, Bowling Green State University, Davidson, Widener, Cabrini, and Susquehanna University. While the conference is frequently held on the east coast, we would love to see the conference hosted anywhere and everywhere students make undergraduate journals.
During the conference there are a number of professional speakers and workshops as well as student run panels on different questions and subjects surrounding the publishing world and their work as writers and editors. Past speakers include Martin Espada and Cheryl E. Ball who both spoke at Susquehanna University as well as many local talents and professors. Each conference is different, but each is designed with the question "how can we make sure students get the most that they can out of this?" in mind.
Can FUSE alumni continue to be involved?
There is currently no official way for alumni to stay involved with FUSE since it is designed for undergraduate students, but there are a few ways that alumni can help to grow FUSE for current undergraduates. Are you now working for a publishing house? You could reach out as a willing interview participant, giving a writing opportunity to a FUSE member. Similarly, you could offer an internship opportunity to FUSE members, increasing their professional understanding. Maybe we could schedule a group job shadowing opportunity for FUSE members.
Maybe you are in an MFA program now. If so, see if your university's undergraduate writing program is currently a FUSE affiliated member who sends students to the FUSE conference. If not, perhaps spearhead the creation of a FUSE chapter on your university's campus to be enjoyed by undergraduate students and give them professional opportunities they may not have otherwise.