Opportunities with FWJ


I am saddened to say, at 83 years of age and with some health issues, I must move aside after eleven years, with the hope that a publisher will be found to continue Fifth Wednesday Journalinto the future as a print magazine with a growing online complementary literary publication, FWJ Plus.

The Board has asked that I include here a note that all qualified individuals or entities (colleges, universities, publishers) are invited to inquire about accepting the role of publisher. We are seeking someone seriously interested in and fully competent to accept full legal, financial, and literary responsibility for Fifth Wednesday Books, Inc. Inquiries may be sent via email to editors@fifthwednesdayjournal.org or via USPS letter to Fifth Wednesday Books, Inc. / P O Box 4033 / Lisle, IL 60532-9033.

Fifth Wednesday Books, publisher of Fifth Wednesday Journal and FWJ Plus, is a registered nonprofit publication in Illinois and a 501(c)(3) organization. Our supporters and friends have given generously again and again to help us make the magazine vibrant and successful on a national, indeed, on an international level. Throughout these eleven years, we have received encouragement and monetary support from the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, an agency of the State of Illinois; from the Poetry Foundation; and from Poets & Writers, Inc. These foundations and agencies are the key to support of the arts and culture in our society. They work hard to ferret out the most worthy arts organizations that are keeping this large and diverse country sane in a chaotic and violent world, and I greatly appreciate having had their support.

I began Fifth Wednesday Books, Inc. in fall 2006 with an idea and five energetic and enthusiastic friends who love literature: James Ballowe, Jenn Hollmeyer, Daniel Libman, Nina Corwin, and George Yanos jumped on board almost as soon as the idea was presented.In addition, Kathryn Tecza, who everyone knows is my right hand and first advisor, has provided indispensible support. Over the years we have been joined by more than 150 volunteer editors, assistant editors, and interns. We have flourished, grown, and earned recognition through the dedication and work of these volunteers. We have published more than 650 writers and photographers who have trusted us with their poetry, prose, and photography. Work in the magazine has been republished in O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, and other well-know anthologies. We have published four Pulitzer Prize winners: Lisel Mueller, Charles Wright, Elizabeth Strout, and Tyehimba Jess. We have published many other award-winning writers including Marge Piercy, Edith Pearlman, Robert Coover, Audrey Niffenegger, Dave Eggers, Luis Alberto Urrea, Ana Castillo, Lore Segal, Jeffery Renard Allen, Alberto Rios, and Naomi Shihab Nye. Thanks to these great writers and many others for allowing us to publish their work.

I am flabbergasted that Sherry Stratton, Deborah Lutz, Susan Porterfield, Robert Manaster, Alex Miller, Kat Sanchez, LeAnn Spencer, Rachel Hamsmith, Barbara Barasa, Rachel Swearingen, Kevin Stein, Hedy Habra, Peter Ferry, Joan Murray, Haki Madhubuti, Edie Meidav, Alice Mattison, Lon Otto, Jonis Agee, Michael Puican, Richard Cahan, Stephen Young, Rachel Pastan, Ralph Hamilton, Anna Leahy, and so many others have been willing to contribute so much to the success of the magazine. To all those whose names could be added here, I assure you that I have not forgotten any of you or your contributions. Thanks.

I will be happy to respond to any and all questions and inquiries. Please contact me at miller@fifthwednesdayjournal.org.

Vern Miller