Submit Your Work

Submissions to the fall 2018 issue of Fifth Wednesday Journal are now closed.

Ana Castillo, Vern Miller, and the editors of Fifth Wednesday Journal wish to thank everyone who responded to our call for submissions to the special issue.

A special challenge to American writers 
Not of Mexican-heritage
Write an essay in response to the following question:

If you were forced to flee your country (the United States) for any reason, including the safety and well being of yourself and members of your family, where would you go? In which country would you seek refuge and/or asylum? Please consider what you would be leaving behind. (relatives, friends, job, language, culture, religion, home and community, etc.) What challenges would you face, depending on your destination; how might you go about dealing with difficulties of integration into the new environment?

 We will publish the best essays in the fall issue of Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Please be aware that we are featuring writers of Mexican heritage in the issue. Residents of the United States and Mexico are encouraged to submit their work. We are committed to the proposition that immigration brings new creativity, new ideas, and new intellectual and cultural strength to every facet of our life as Americans. We know that those young residents now identified as DACA youth will continue this tradition. They have grown to adulthood in the United States; they are “Americans” who bring with them a diverse cultural history very closely linked with our own, one that adds its own richness to ours. We are seeking writing for the fall issue that will demonstrate the benefits of adhering to our tradition of inclusion and expansion of the meaning of citizenship.


Manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx files. We discourage use of Rich Text Format because conversion to a Word .doc file often destroys much of the formatting. Prose should be double-spaced, and poetry should be formatted as the poet wants it to appear in print. All submissions should be paginated, in 12-point type, and with at least a one-inch margin on all sides. Please do not place name or other contact information anywhere on the manuscript. This information should be placed only in the space marked for a cover letter on the submission form and should include name, e-mail address, mailing address, and telephone number.


Manuscripts must be submitted electronically via the form below.


Response Time, Rejections, and Withdrawals

You may log in to your account through our submission manager at any time to check the status of your submission. We will notify you by e-mail within six months if we do not accept your work for publication. If you have not heard from us within this time, e-mail us. Include your name, the title of your work, and the date you sent it. If you need to withdraw a submission, please log in to your account through the submission manager. However, if you have sent multiple poems and wish to withdraw only one or some of those poems, please e-mail us.


By submitting your work to FWJ, you indicate your consent for us to publish your work in our print journal. FWJ acquires first North American serial rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author. If we’d like to use your work in any other manner, we will contact you for permission.

Compensation & Awards

Effective Fall 2010, Issue 7, each contributor will receive two copies of the issue in which the work appears, PLUS a one-year subscription beginning with the issue following. FWJ awards an annual Editor’s Prize in fiction, and poetry in the amount of $150. These prizes are awarded for a work chosen from those published in FWJ in the previous two issues. Winners are announced in the fall issue and posted on the FWJ website.

Submission Guidelines

Click here to read the guidelines for each category of work.

Submit your work now by clicking on the submission manager link below.

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