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 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.

Ends on January 31, 2018

Three Prizes of $100.00

and publication in Third Wednesday's Spring Contest issue.

Every entry will receive a PDF copy of the poetry contest issue (a $5.00 value), so the net cost of your entry is just $1.00.

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.  

Third Wednesday's annual poetry contest will accept entries of up to 3 previously unpublished poems between October 1, 2017, and January 31, 2018. 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.

You can choose to pay via credit card or Pay Pal by selecting it as an option when you submit. This is highly recommended.  If you'd rather pay by check or money order, make your check or money order for $6 payable to Joseph Ferrari and mail it to:

Third Wednesday
11316 Farley Street
Redford, Michigan 48239

Be sure the name on your payment matches the name on your entry in Submittable.



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


Purchase an individual copy:  $11.00 (includes shipping)
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.

Volume X, No 2, The Spring 2017 Poetry Contest Issue and Volume X, No 4, The Fall Contest Issue are sold out.  You can still order them 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 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 Winter issue, which will be published in December 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.


Fiction Submissions are closed.  We expect to reopen for fiction submissions in December of 2017.

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.