Saeed Jones Is Starting a Buzzfeed Lit Mag and Massive Emerging Writers Fellowship

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Buzzfeed — that ever expanding empire of not-just-lists — is further broadening its reach: it’ll soon be starting a literary magazine, with Prelude to Bruise poet and former Buzzfeed LGBT editor Saeed Jones (whose title is now Literary Editor) in charge

According to an interview in Electric Literature, Jones aims to launch the lit mag around March 2016. He said:

My goal is to figure out what a literary magazine could be in the 21st century. We’ll launch around March 2016. Established magazines like Poetry as well as new publications like The Offing and Winter Tangerine Review are publishing absolutely wonderful work and embracing the social web in a way that’s really exciting to watch and learn from. Combining BuzzFeed’s tremendous platform and technology with a deep appreciation for original, creative writing is going to be wild in the best sense of the word. But, you know, I’ll say this: I can already tell you BuzzFeed’s literary magazine will be rooted in the idea that diversity is reality and should be reflected in the work we publish as well. An idea I keep returning to as I continue to work on the magazine’s vision is that art is not the enemy of everyday life; rather art exists to color and clarify everyday life.

The interview also details another huge project Buzzfeed is undertaking: an Emerging Writers Fellowship. The program has a “mission of diversifying the broader media landscape by investing in the next generation of necessary voices.” The fellowships last four months, include a $12,000 stipend and “give writers of great promise the support, mentorship, and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers.” Applications are due October 1, 2015.