Fictionaut and the Future of the Literary Journal

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jurgen.jpgAs literary journals and writers migrate online, it becomes more difficult to create a sense of community between readers in the vastness of cyberspace.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Jürgen Fauth, co-founder of a social networking site for writers called Fictionaut. Fauth discussed how his site has opened up a new community space for literary magazines, building a socially-networked model for 21st Century writers. He also explained how up-and-coming writers can become part of the site’s growing community.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “What happened is a lot of editors at literary magazines–especially the more web savvy people who saw the potential of [Fictionaut]–jumped on and established groups for their magazines. Electric Literature, Keyhole, Word Riot, Juked, and Pank are all on there. It’s turning Fictionaut into a bit of a hub where you can go and read some stories and you see what groups it came from–it leads you off into to discovering those magazines.”