Fifth Wednesday: Now Accepting Submissions

Written by Ella Peary | April 30, 2014

Fifth Wednesday is a print journal of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and black-and-white photography. It is published by Fifth Wednesday Books, Inc., a nonprofit press based in Lisle, Illinois. Their goal is to make contemporary literary and photographic arts available to the public through publications, readings, and workshops, in an effort to sustain the vibrancy of their local culture. They publish a wide range of forms and aesthetics, and aim to publish work that is both entertaining and meaningful. Though they’re primarily a print journal, a selection of work they’ve published is available online

Fifth Wednesday publishes two annual editions, each with work from about 50 writers. They’re accepting submissions for their fall 2014 edition through June 15th. Writers may submit once per submission period, and can expect a response within six months.

Poets may submit up to five poems of any length; however, poems longer than four pages are less likely to be published. Fiction writers may submit one story or novel excerpt of any length. Nonfiction writers may submit one essay or book excerpt of any length. Though there’s no fixed word requirement, fiction and nonfiction pieces between 1,000 and 12,000 words are preferred. They also publish novelettes between 7,500 and 12,000 words.

Fifth Wednesday accepts simultaneous submissions, but requires writers to withdraw submissions published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work. Writers may submit work online, but not by post or email.

Published writers will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, and a one-year subscription to the journal. Contributors of poetry, fiction, and photography will also be eligible for the annual Editor’s Prize of $100. One winner in each category will be announced in the fall issue.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Fifth Wednesday, please visit their website at http://www.fifthwednesdayjournal.org/submit.shtml.