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. Please 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. The electronic issues of 3W are always free at our website.

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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 downloading or purchasing a copy of an issue or two of Third Wednesday.  You can 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 springissue, which will be published in late March 2023.

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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New Publishing Model:

Our website now features poetry and fiction pieces accepted for publication or within a few days of their acceptance. This means you will now be able to share your good news and your work with the world right away.  If you have a piece accepted we encourage you to post the link on your social media - spread the news.

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



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Three Prizes of $100.00 and publication in Third Wednesday's Spring Contest issue. (March 2023).

Entries accepted from Nov. 1, 2022 through Feb. 15, 2023.

Winning poets and honorable mentions will receive a print copy of the contest issue. Non-prize poems will be considered for inclusion in the same or later issue of 3rd Wednesday as a regular submission unless the poet chooses not to have them considered (to preserve eligibility for other contests).

We will accept contest entries of up to 3 previously unpublished poems of any style and subject matter. There is no limit on length. Poems should be uploaded as a single .doc or .docx file with no identifying information within the text of the file. For poems with unusual spacing, do not use tabs. All entries must come through our submissions management portal at Submittable.  If you are not already a Submittable user, registration is free. We will not accept entries by mail or email.

You may enter as many times as you like, but only three poems per entry.


Introduing this year’s contest judge: David James


After writing poetry for over forty years, I’ve recently tried my hand at playwriting with some success. I’ve had seven one-acts produced off-off-Broadway in New York, and twenty other one-act plays produced across the country.

As a lifelong poet, it’s been a rush to have other people “say” my words in these plays. And there is the real possibility of having an audience!

David James 

David James currently serves as the president of The Poetry Society of Michigan. He will soon retire from teaching at Oakland Community College where his popular courses have included Composition I and II, Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing, Introduction to Playwriting and Screenwriting, Advanced Screenwriting, and Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Drama. In 2006, David was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for teaching excellence

 Poet and writer Keith Taylor recently retired from the University of Michigan where he taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs in creative writing.
Recent publication: January 2021, Let Them Be Left, poems from Isle Royale published by Alice Greene & Co.
His sixteenth collection, The Bird-while, was published by Wayne State University Press February 2017. Ecstatic Destinations was published by Alice Greene & Co in 2018.
Keith’s work has appeared in such publications as Story, The Los Angeles Times, Alternative Press, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, The Iowa Review, Witness, Chicago Tribune, and Hanging Loose. Other books are Marginalia for a Natural History published by Black Lawrence Press, and Ghost Writers, a collection of ghost stories co-edited with Laura Kasischke, published by Wayne State University Press.
Discover more about Keith at: http://www.keithtaylorannarbor.co
Third Wednesday's annual poetry contest will accept entries of up to 3 previously unpublished poems per entry between November 1, 2021, and February 15, 2022. 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.




 

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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.

Have a new book or a recent one? 3rd Wednesday can help you spread the news in two ways.

1. We can post an announcement on the 3rd Wednesday website and on our Facebook page. There is no cost for this. Access is through Submittable. Look for the “Contributor Book Listing” form and upload your information. Your free listing will reach hundreds of potential readers.

2. You can request a 10-to-15-minute reading with our editor over Zoom. Just mark the box when you upload the information for your free book listing. We’ll contact you to schedule a Zoom meeting. The meeting will be just you and the moderator who will introduce you. The recorded meeting will appear on our YouTube Channel so you can include the link on your social media and in any publicity releases. This service is free of charge but you're welcome to make a small donation of $5 as an add-on to the form.

Regular Fiction Submissions:


We are now reading for the spring issue to be published in late March of 2023.

Publishing Model:
Our website now features poetry and fiction pieces accepted for publication within a few days of acceptance. This means you can share your good news and your work with the world right away.  If you have a piece accepted we encourage you to post the link on your social media - spread the news.
What We Publish:
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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