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NaNoWriMo: Trend or Training?

Writing has never come easily to me. It’s always been a delicate dance of determination and shame, shame which has also driven me to grueling bouts of revision. A story is whittled out of me with painstaking tedium: I write, revise, write, revise, write, revise sentence by sentence or paragraph by paragraph. After a particularly […]

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Hi Fifth Wednesdayarians: I just sat down with Ana Castillo, who will be our third author in our Taking the Fifth series. She joins the ranks of Stephen Dixon and Elizabeth Strout, whose interview is going to be pub’d in the upcoming issue of Fifth Wednesday, set to drop in November. For me this is […]

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Editor’s Prize and Guest Editors!

Fifth Wednesday is happy to announce both the winners of the 2011 Editor’s Prize as well as the guest editors for our Spring 2012 issue. First, let’s get to the winners… Poetry: Winner: “Alphabet of Eels” by Norman Lock Published in the Fall 2010 edition of Fifth Wednesday, “Alphabet of Eels” was selected by judge […]

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No Horizons: The Post-MFA Blues

Earlier this week, Erin wrote about how she ended up in grad school for creative writing. Today, Katherine talks about what happens after your MFA time is over and real life sets in. So, Vern, our fearless leader, asked us to write about how we ended up here in Chicago being all literary and scholared. […]

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Coming to Chicago: How on Earth Did I End Up Getting An MFA?

Until about halfway through junior year of college, my motto was, “I am never going to graduate school.” I studied English, with a concentration in creative writing, and when I told friends and relatives my major they always asked one of two questions: Are you going to teach? And… Where are you applying for grad […]

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Another Friend, Another Book

Another Friend, Another Book

Hey, how about a murder? a mystery? some 19th century Michigan history? a family saga? a love story? courtroom drama? jealously and suspicion lurking in a community? Read Becky Thacker’s novel and you will get it all. A great book for the shorter fall days ahead of us in the Midwest. Published by the  University […]

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A Friend Writes a Book

A Friend Writes a Book

Not all that long ago I heard a friend say he was writing a book. I didn’t get excited; after all, we all have friends who say when they retire from another profession they will write a book. Phil Dobrin, a retired surgeon,  did what he said. He wrote a book. In fact he wrote […]

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The Book Bike

Thanks to an email on another topic from Mike Zapata (Fifth Wednesday Journal, Spring 2010 Issue 6) I discovered this morning a magnificent contribution to the spirit and life of the printed book in American culture. If you haven’t already discovered The Book Bike for yourself, you might visit www.bookbike.org/gallery/ You will enjoy what you […]

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Know This Game?

Know This Game?

We need someone to demonstrate the usefulness of a blog for a literary magazine. After all, we invest resources in the manufacture and maintenance of these vehicles. In this case, “we” means the editors, designers, and webmasters who cobble the appearance and structure of them. But we don’t really know who visits here, if anyone […]

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What’s in a Photo

When it’s time to select the photos for the next issue of FWJ, all we usually have to worry about is whether the ones we choose are still available for publication. But this time a couple of photos caused special concern. First, we wanted to publish a picture of an Iranian woman sitting in a […]

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