FWJ in the Classroom

Fifth Wednesday Journal is offering deeply discounted subscriptions and single copy issues to students in undergraduate or graduate classes using the magazine as a teaching/learning instrument in the class for at least one term. The program is valid for any college or university within the continental United States and is offered independently of any other similar program.
Details and instructions for participation in PDF format.

The Magazine

FWJ offers fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, book reviews, and black-and-white photography in every issue. The unique range of writing and visual art is both entertaining and intellectually meaningful to a wide spectrum of readers. Each issue is like a short anthology of the best in contemporary American literature. Click here to see information about the most recent edition, including the table of contents, contributor bios, and editors’ bios. Click here for selected contributions from previous editions.

Each issue is approximately 200 pages and contains special features like “Poetry Around Us,” new work by a prominent poet plus an interview about the life and writing habit of a poet; “Taking the Fifth,” an interview with a notable writer on the writing life and views on the future of American literature; and book reviews ranging from Kevin Stein’s recent book of probing essays, Poetry’s Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age, to the last volume of short works by Charles Bukowski.

Contributors to FWJ have been awarded a McArthur Foundation Fellowship, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, NEA Fellowships, and have appeared in anthologies like Pushcart Prize, PEN/O. Henry Prize, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and others.

The Program

This outreach program has several objectives:

  1. FWJ seeks to increase the use of literary magazines in classes devoted to teaching literature and creative writing.
  2. FWJ recognizes that a writer’s first experience with publication will normally be in a small press or literary magazine. Familiarity with literary magazines and their role in supporting and nurturing literature in this country is important to early success for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
  3. FWJ seeks to increase recognition of our magazine and awareness of the range of literature we publish. By reaching into the classroom, we hope to gain a wider audience for FWJ and a deeper appreciation for literary publications in general. We hope this program will make our literary magazine a more attractive and available part of programs in creative writing. We recommend that faculty electing to use FWJ in the classroom also request that the library enter a subscription.

Editors in the Classroom

The instructor in a class using Fifth Wednesday Journal may request a single visit in person or via electronic link by an editor of the magazine. These requests will be honored when an editor is available. The purposes and goals of the visit must be worked out in advance with the instructor. Editors can discuss topics such as publishing a literary magazine, editing a literary magazine, solicited and unsolicited work, volunteering for a small publisher, and tips for improving the chances of getting out of the slush pile. Editors will not conduct workshops or provide instruction on the craft of writing. Editors will not critique individual samples of the students’ work. All costs of these visits must be the responsibility of the inviting institution. There is no charge for the editor’s time.


FWJ is offered for use in the classroom on a subscription basis or single copy basis. The prices quoted for this program represent significant reductions (25-45%) from the normal subscription and single copy prices.

Details and instructions for participation in PDF format.