5×5 Literary Magazine contributor Jack Bedell is Louisiana’s new poet laureate!!!

Congratulations to 5×5 Literary Magazine’s contributor Jack Bedell for his recent appointment as Louisiana’s new poet laureate! Gov. John Bel Edwards champions Jack Bedell and his work in the attached article, stating that “Bedell’s love for Louisiana is evident in his work, and I’m confident that he will serve honorably as the state’s poet laureate.” 5×5 editors are proud to have been able to include Bedell’s nonfiction piece “Old Story” in our most recent issue.

5×5 welcomes Grace Campbell to the team!!!


5×5 would like to take a moment to introduce Grace Campbell to our team. Grace was born, raised, and educated in New York. She currently lives and works in Olympia, Washington. Her work has appeared in The Santa Ana River Review, Wendigo, Black River Press, and elsewhere. Grace published her essay “wrapper/shoes” in the last issue of 5×5, and has since agreed to participate further by reading nonfiction submissions with S.J. Thanks for joining us, Grace! We’re so grateful to be working with you to create more issues of a magazine that seeks and celebrates writing that’s as strong and as clear as your own!


Introducing our new poetry editor, Jeff Pearson!!!


5×5 Literary Magazine editors are sad to say farewell to our former poetry editor and co-editor-in-chief extraordinaire, Jory Mickelson. However, we are thrilled to announce that Jeff Pearson is now on the team! Please take some time to read Jeff’s biography below and to join us in officially welcoming him to 5×5 Literary Magazine!

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Submission Updates for Poetry


Dearest Contributors,

We couldn’t be more pleased with the volume of poetry submissions we’ve been receiving, and we are currently in the process of selecting submissions for our Winter, 2016/2017 issue, which will be launched on or near the Winter Solstice (late December/January). Submissions are closed for that issue.

For those of you interested in submitting your work for the Summer, 2017 issue, which will be launched on or near the Summer Solstice, please note that we will not be opening submissions for that issue until around January 15th (stay tuned for an announcement). This will ensure that you receive a timely response to your submissions.

Thanks again for your interest in 5×5! We look forward to reading your work!

5×5 Issue #5 (No Theme)


5×5 is looking forward to selecting pieces for Issue #5, which will be launched on (or near) the Winter Solstice. There is no theme for the issue. We only ask that you send us your strongest, clearest nonfiction, fiction, and poetry! We are currently in the process of reading submissions and will begin selecting submissions soon. Thanks for supporting our magazine!