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.

We are now reading for the autumn issue, which will be published in late September of 2021.

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.

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



Annual George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest:

 

The 2021 George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest will open for entries from May 1 through August 15.

Three Winning Stories will be awarded $100 each!


George Dila 

The editors of Third Wednesday are pleased to honor the memory of George Dila, friend of Third Wednesday and the editor who originally brought fiction to 3W.

We are proud to have called him friend and colleague. To this end, we proudly announce the Third Annual George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest.

The entry fee of $6 per story is payable via credit card or by Pay Pal thro


ugh Submittable at the time of your submission. You may enter multiple stories but include only one story per entry.

From May 1st to August 15th, 2021 we will accept entries of previously unpublished fiction under 1000 words in length (including title). Three winning stories will receive cash prizes of $100 each and a print copy of the contest issue.

Formatting your story entry is easy. We want submissions in size 12 Times New Roman font, single spaced with one inch margins all around. Save your document in .doc or .docx forma

t and upload it where prompted by our Submittable account. You can name files whatever is convenient for you but the submission title should match the title of your story. Do not include any identifying information within files or file names. Our judge will read all submissions blindly.

Introducing this year’s contest judge, Elizabeth Kerlikoske.


Elizabeth Kerlikowske 

Elizabeth Kerlikowske most recent book is Art Speaks: Paintings and Poetry (Kazoo Books, 2018) with painter Mary Hatch, an ekphrastic adventure!  Other books by Kerlikowske include The Shape of Dad (a memoir in prose poems), Dominant Hand, Last Hula (winner of the 2013 Standing Rock Chapbook Competition), Chain of Lakes, Her Bodies, Postcards, Before the Rain (a children’s book of stories and poems), and Suicide Notes.

Elizbeth has been publishing her poetry and fiction for more than 40 years in such journals and magazines as Encore, Cincinnati Review, Passager, and Poemeleon, among others. Her work is anthologized in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (White Pine Press, 2016), The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press, 2015), and the Michigan writers anthology published by Western Michigan University. She also creates visual art and has recently completed a series of four chairs honoringliterary women from  The Bluest Eye, The Scarlet Letter, The Wizard of Oz, and Jane Eyre.

Kerlikowske holds doctorate in English from Western Michigan University. An arts activist, she has served for many years as the president of the Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry and is completing her second term as president of the Poetry Society of Michigan. She retired from Kellogg Community College several years ago.

 

Have we published one or more your poems in Third Wednesday? Send us the information about your  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 a 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 recently in TW is desired but not required.  Any past TW contributor is welcome to participate.

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.

Regular Fiction Submission are presently closed. We will reopen for them on August 15, 2021:

Annual Flash Fiction Contest Entries open of May 1.

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.

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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