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Fifth Wednesday Journal

Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Less than 1,000
Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Prose Poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Literary Fiction
Representative Authors: 

Jeffery Renard Allen, Stephen Dixon, Edith Pearlman, Stuart Dybek, Angie Estes, Bob Hicok, Marge Piercy, David Lehman, Haki Madhubuti, Edie Meidav, Achy Obejas, Sterling D. Plumpp, Lynn Sharon Schwartz, Kevin Stein, Elizabeth Strout, Diane Wakoski, Adam Scheffler, Hedy Habra, Richard Jones, Desmond Egan, Lore Segal, James Carpenter

Web, Print
Reading Period: 
Aug 15 - Dec 1
Reporting Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Electronic Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Contributor copies only

Editorial Focus

FWJ publishes established and emerging writers. FWJ is an independent not-for-profit literary magazine based in Lisle, Illinois. Now in its tenth year, FWJ publishes interesting and challenging literature for a diverse reading public across the country. Work in FWJ is often recognized in O Henry Prize, Pushcart Prize, Best American Stories, and others. Guest editors for fiction and poetry select the work appearing in each issue, giving the magazine an exciting “new feel” and broadening our appeal to talented writers and savvy readers.

Tips From the Editor

Please READ AND FOLLOW our guidelines. Please send ALL manuscripts via our online submissions manager. Please EDIT your work carefully before sending. Please DO NOT withdraw and resubmit the same work within one cycle. Please DO NOT use multiple fonts, elaborate headers or footers, or other devices which distract an editor. Please DO NOT send previously published work.

Contact Information

Vern Miller, Publisher
P. O. Box 4033
Lisle, IL 60532-9033

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Last updated: August 3, 2016

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