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, usually 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). 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 through our website.  We also will be publishing a few sample pieces on our blog which you can access through the 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.

$20.00 - 40.00


Annual subscription rate (4 print issues) is  $35.
Electronic subscription rate (4 PDF issues) is $20.
Why not get both? 4 print issues and PDFs for $40

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

We are now reading for the Autumn issue, which will be published in September of 2017.

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.


George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest

Entry is just $5.00 but you will receive a PDF copy of our most recent issue (a $5.00 value) when you enter.

The editors of Third Wednesday wish to honor the memory of George Dila, a friend of Third Wednesday and the editor who guided fiction at TW from infancy to adulthood. We are proud to have called him friend and colleague. To this end, we proudly announce the opening of The George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. Until August 31, 2017, we will accept entries of previously unpublished stories of under 1000 words in length (including title).

Our judge for this contest is Phillip Sterling, author of In Which Brief Stories Are Told (short fiction, Wayne State University Press 2011), and six collections of poetry. You can read his qualifications, awards and publication history here.

Formatting your story entry is easy. We want submissions in size 12 Times New Roman font, single spaced with one-inch margins all around. You may enter as many stories as you like, but each must be in a separate submission. Save your document in .doc or .docx format and upload it where prompted by our Submittable account. You can name files whatever is convenient for you but the submission title must match the title of your story. Do not include any identifying information within files or file names. Our judge will read all submissions blindly.

Winners will be awarded the 1st prize of $150, 2nd prize of $75, and 3rd prize of $25 along with publication and a copy of the issue in which the contest winners appear. All submitted entries will also be considered for regular publication.

Remember, no identifying information within the uploaded file.

George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest

Entry is just $5.00 but you will receive a PDF copy of our most recent issue (a $5.00 value) when you enter.

The editors of Third Wednesday wish to honor the memory of George Dila, a friend of Third Wednesday and the editor who guided fiction at TW from infancy to adulthood. We are proud to have called him friend and colleague. To this end, we proudly announce the opening of The George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. Until August 31, 2017, we will accept entries of previously unpublished stories of under 1000 words in length (including title).

Our judge for this contest is Phillip Sterling, author of In Which Brief Stories Are Told (short fiction, Wayne State University Press 2011), and six collections of poetry. You can read his qualifications, awards and publication history here.

Formatting your story entry is easy. We want submissions in size 12 Times New Roman font, single spaced with one-inch margins all around. You may enter as many stories as you like, but each must be in a separate submission. Save your document in .doc or .docx format and upload it where prompted by our Submittable account. You can name files whatever is convenient for you but the submission title must match the title of your story. Do not include any identifying information within files or file names. Our judge will read all submissions blindly.

Winners will be awarded the 1st prize of $150, 2nd prize of $75, and 3rd prize of $25 along with publication and a copy of the issue in which the contest winners appear. All submitted entries will also be considered for regular publication.

Entry fee for this contest is just $5.00 per story.

Mail a check or money order payable to Third Wednesday (you may combine payment for multiple entries) to:
Joe Ferrari
Third Wednesday
11316 Farley Street
Redford, MI 48239

Mail your entry fee within the same week you upload your entry. We will not read your story until the entry fee has been received.

Do not include a printed copy of your story but do include the title(s) of your story(s) with your payment so that we can credit your payment properly. Remember, no identifying information within the uploaded file.

Regular Fiction Submissions are temporarily closed while we run our George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest.  We will reopen regular no-fee fiction submissions on September 1, 2017, and we'll be reading for the Winter issue that is due out in December.  Meanwhile, we hope you consider entering the contest - it's only a $5 entry fee.

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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.

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.