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 of $3 per piece. P;ease note that we no longer ship contributor copies outside of the USA but copies can be purchased at a low price through Amazon in most countries.

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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.  You can also download free issues in PDF format at thirdwednesdaymagazine.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.

Three Prizes of $100.00
and publication in Third Wednesday's Spring Contest issue. (March 2021)

Non-prize poems will be considered for inclusion in an issue of Third Wednesday as a regular submission with the author's permission.  Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please be a good poetry citizen and inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. 


Joy Gaines-Friedler 

We’re pleased to announce that our judge for this year’s contest is Joy Gaines-Friedler. Joy has taught as a guest instructor at Wayne State University, Michigan State, Frostburg State University, and at the Lapeer Correctional Facility for the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) through the University of Michigan where she worked with male “lifers.”

Twenty years a professional photographer Joy sees poetry as a natural extension of the photographic art form: both use images, contrast, tensions, a kind of rhythm and tone to convey what language alone, cannot. You can find her complete bio and links to her work at http://www.joygainesfriedler.com/.

Third Wednesday's annual poetry contest will accept entries of up to 3 previously unpublished poems per entry between November 1, 2020, and February 15, 2021. Poems should be in a single .doc or .docx file with no identifying information within the text of the file. You may enter as many times as you like, but only three poems per entry.

Winning poems will be published in our spring issue near the end of March, 2021. Winners and honorable mentions will receive a print copy of the magazine. Additional copies can be purchased from Amazon and a free electronic edtion will be available from our website.


 You can choose to pay via credit card or Pay Pal by selecting your choice when you submit.
 No entries will be accepted by mail or email.




 

We are now reading for the Spring issue to be published in late March of 2021.

Durings this same period we are also accepting entries in our annual poetry contest. You might consider that instead of making a submissioin here.  The entry fee is only $6 and even if you don't win one of 3 $100 prizes, you can still have a chance for publication.

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. Submittable will limit you to one submission per submission per issue.

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

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.

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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.


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







 

Fiction Submissions are Closed for the spring issue.  We'll be back in mid-February to begin reading for summer.

Third Wednesday publishes short-short fiction stories of up to 1,000 words. 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 about 3 prose pieces in each quarterly issue. That means we have to pass on many fine pieces. Submittable will limit you to one submission per issue.

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.

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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.

Our annual subscription rate is $28.00.  Subscriptions are available only within the United States.  Individual copies can be purchased world-wide through Amazon.com at $6 (U.S.) per copy plus shipping.

 

Did we publish one or more your poems in Third Wednesday that was subsequently included in a book or chapbook? If so, we'd like to feature it on our website.

Send us the information about the book, the publisher and release date. Include the "blurbs" from the back cover if you like.

A picture of the cover would be nice too. We may also publish the poem that we published in print with your listing if you tell us the title and when it was published.

Be sure to include link(s) where the book can be purchased. If an author bio is included, it should be no more that 50 words.

You'll be putting all this info in a .doc or .docx file and uploading it. You'll also have an opportunity on the form to upload pictures of front and back covers and a head shot of the author if you wish (all in .jpg format). 

Having a poem published in TW is desired but not required.  Any past TW contributor is welcome to participate.

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