We publish the best poetry and short fiction we can lay eyes on and we read everything we see - regardless of who you are.  Our associate editors read your work with no identifying information. Our turn-around time is three months or less, often much less. Please submit only once per quarter. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please inform us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Read the individual guidelines for each category carefully, then send us your best work. Unfortunately, we're unable to offer comment or critique about individual pieces because of the volume of work.

If your work is accepted for publication, you will receive one copy of the issue in which your work appears and a token payment ($3-5 per piece). You will have the option to receive an issue of TW in PDF format (a $5 value) in lieu of cash payment.

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A key element in getting your work published is to match your submission to the needs and tastes of the journal to which you are submitting. If you're not already a subscriber, consider purchasing a copy of an issue or two of Third Wednesday.  We also publish a few sample pieces on our blog which you can access through our website at thirdwednesday.org.

By submitting work to Third Wednesday, the author grants us First Right to publish the work in print and electronically (on our blog site).  Works that are accepted will be published in one issue of Third Wednesday and a very few will also appear on our blog to serve as examples of what we publish.  All copyrights revert to the author upon publication.

We had such great response to our first ever "One Sentence Poetry Contest" earlier this year that we decided to do it again.  Our contributors submitted some great work. Our editors and our our readers hunger for more.  This time, were doubling the prize money.

Whether it's an American Sentence, Haiku(ish) or just a great poetic sentence, we want to see what you can pack into the basic building block of literature, the sentence.

The Simple Rules:

Each poem should have a title and should consist of an English sentence with conventional punctuation. There is no limit on length.

You may include up to 3 one sentence poems in your entry, which must be a single spaced doc or docx file. Do not include any identifying information within the body of the document. Entries will be accepted from August 15 though November 30 only through our Submittable account.  No email or paper submissions will be considered. The entry fee of $5 must be paid via credit card or Pay Pal through Submittable at the time of entry. You may enter multiple times, but no more than three poems per entry.

The Money and Other Prizes

$50 will be awarded to each of three winning poems.  In addition to the three prize winning poems, we will publish about 20 additional poems in which the editors have found considerable merit.  All entries selected for publication will receive a print copy of the issue (an $11 value). All entrants will receive an electronic (PDF) copy of the contest issue (a $5 value), so the net cost of your first entry is ZERO. 

The Selection:

The contest will be judged by the editorial staff of Third Wednesday Magazine. W will read submissions blindly, following the process we use with our regular submissions. Every entry will begin its journey "in contention".  As the contest progresses, entries that fall "out of contention" for prize money or publication will be notified immediately.  Prize winners and poems selected for publication will be notified shortly after the entry deadline.

Legaleeze:

As with all submissons to TW, we require North American rights to first publicaton in print and online.  Copyright reamains with the author.

Sample Poems:

Here a few poems from our first contest.

 

PAINTINGS AS METAPHOR (one of three winning poems)

Looking at Charlie Russell paintings

at a gallery in Helena, Montana,

I realize what I think  

poetry should always be:

a cowboy and horse

forever hanging

in mid-air,

a tumbling hat

stuck there,

a rattlesnake

always just about

to strike.
 

     Mark Hinton

     Bloomington, Minnesota


 

Early April in Ohio: (a Tanka)

Snow evaporates

as if called back to heaven:  

sweet sublimation

conciliating our rage

at winter’s sojourn turned stale.

      Megan Neville
     Cleveland, Ohio


 

Midnight

Under the silk nightgown

her fingers worry the lump

like a rosary bead,

counting the hours until dawn.

      Lissa Perrin
     Ann Arbor, Michigan


We are now reading for the Winter issue, which will be published in December of 2018. 

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.  Please be a good poetry citizen and inform us through a note in Submittable if some of your work is accepted elsewhere.  We usually respond to submissions within a month of receipt. 

All types of poetry are welcome, from formal to experimental. Emphasis is placed on the ideas conveyed, craft, language, the beauty of expression, and the picture that extends beyond the frame of the poem. Quality is paramount. No previously published poems, please.

Here's what some of our editors have said about what they look for:

When a piece of work touches my ear lyrically or if the words jump at my eyes on the page, I’m excited. A writer needs to say something I haven’t heard a million times before. “The moon” has to be melting Velveeta to catch my attention. “My Soul” is a deal breaker, no matter how tortured it may be. I want a twist, a new perspective, an inventive thought, a word used in a freshly descriptive way. - Joe

What I look for in a poem is the sense that I am somehow being addressed. I want to see that the poet has the reader in mind. Equally important to me is the poet’s skillful and fresh use of contemporary language and imagery. Poets who don’t have a clue about craft should learn about it before submitting. Finally, I would encourage poets to write about something worth writing about, rather than leaving me with the urge to say, “So what?”  - Marilyn

I want to see poems that are outward-looking and accessible and material that is outside the individual psyche of the author. Many good poems end in ways that surprise the writer, who starts out attending closely to something and finds, through writing, what it means to him or her.  - Lynn

I look for an interesting story or a photograph within the poem. I look for layers of meaning and for what isn't said. In a love poem, for example, I look for the absence of words like love, heart, soul and all the other words or phrases that are expected. I want the unexpected.  - David

How to Submit:

Submit no more than three poems in a single .doc or .docx file attachment.  Your file should contain no identifying information, as all submissions are read blindly by our editors. A cover letter or biography is not necessary but we enjoy reading them.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please be a good poetry citizen by informing us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.

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Publication Rights:

By submitting work to Third Wednesday, the author grants us First Right to publish the work in print and electronically (on our blog site).  Work that is accepted will be published in one print issue of Third Wednesday.  All copyrights revert to the author upon publication.



Annual subscription rate (4 print issues) is  $35.
Electronic subscription rate (4 PDF issues) is $20.

Electronic Mini Subscription (2 PDF issues) is $10.
Why not get both? 4 print issues and PDFs for $40
Annual subscription rate (outside of USA) $42

If you prefer not to pay online, you can mail a check or money order made out to Third Wednesday to the address below. Be sure to include subscriber name and address.  If you choose this payment method, do not complete this online form.

When subscribing for the e-editions be sure to include a valid email address. Mail to:
Joe Ferrari
Third Wednesday
11316 Farley Street
Redford, MI 48239

Purchase an individual copy:  $11.00
You'll also find options for orders of  2, 3 and 4 copies on the order form.

All prices include shipping and handling.

Purchase a PDF copy:  $5.00

You'll be asked to specify the issue(s) you are ordering as you're filling out the order form.

When ordering back issues we strongly suggest that you email us before placing your order so that we can check on availability.  Because payment is processed through Submittable's account, we have no way to process credit card refunds.  Our address is tw@leadfootpress.com.

Sold out issues:

Volume X, No 2, The Spring 2017 Poetry Contest Issue
Volume X, No 4, The Fall Contest Issue.
Volume IX, No. 3, Summer 2016

Issues from Volume X on are always available electronically in PDF format.

If you prefer not to pay online, you can mail a check or money order made out to Third Wednesday to the address below. Be sure to include your name and address.  If you choose this payment method, do not complete this online form.

When ordering  e-editions be sure to include a valid email address. Mail to:
Joe Ferrari
Third Wednesday
11316 Farley Street
Redford, MI 48239

We are now reading for the Winter Issue to be published in December of 2018.

Third Wednesday publishes short-short fiction stories of up to 1,500 words, but we favor stories of a thousand words or less. We do not print genre fiction, children's fiction or memoir. Send only one story per submission as a separate .doc or .docx file.

Keep in mind that, due to limited space, TW can only publish 3 to 5 prose pieces in each quarterly issue. That means we have to pass on many fine pieces.

Do not include identifying information within your file, as all submissions are read blindly by our editors.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please be a good literary citizen and inform us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. We respond to fiction submissions within 3 months.

Be sure to find and like us on Facebook. Something of yours could be featured someday and you wouldn't want to miss it.

By submitting work to Third Wednesday, the author grants us First Right to publish the work in print and electronically (on our blog site).  Work that is accepted will be published in one print issue of Third Wednesday.  All copyrights revert to the author upon publication.

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