Call for Proposals

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 by Friday, September 25, 2022. Proposals should include your name(s), institution, year(s) of graduation or faculty role, email address, and the title of your proposed presentation.

Email proposals with the subject "FUSE Proposal" to Rachel Hall at