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 ($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.

Second Annual George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest:

The editors of Third Wednesday are pleased to honor the memory of George Dila, friend of Third Wednesday and the editor who guided fiction at T.W. from infancy to adulthood. We are proud to have called him friend and colleague. To this end, we proudly announce the opening of Second Annual George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest.

The entry fee of $5 per story(one story per entry) is payable via credit card or by Pay Pal through Submittable at the time of your submission, (all first entries will receive a free PDF copy of last year's contest issue - a $5 value) or enter for FREE with the purchase of a 2 issue e-subscription to Third Wednesday for $10. You will receive a PDF copy of the current issue at the time of your entry and the contest issue will be delvered to you when it is available near the end of September. You may enter multiple stories but include only one story per entry. 

From May 1st  to August 15th,  2018 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 format 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.

Our judge for this contest is Marilyn L. Taylor.

 Marilyn L. Taylor attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she earned a BS in mass communications, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she earned an MA in linguistics and a PhD in creative writing.  Dr. Taylor is  retired after a long career teaching English for the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has served as poet laureate of the state of Wisconsin and of the city of Milwaukee. Her full bio and publication history can be found at her website (HERE) or at the Poetry Foundation website (HERE).  Dr. Taylor will be reading entries as they are submitted and making a determination whether each is in or out of contention for one of the three prizes.  Entrants who are eliminated from contention wil be notified of their status immediately so that they are free to submit their work elsewhere. 

 By submitting work to Third Wednesday, the author grants us First Right to publish the work in print and electronically (on our blog site).  Winning and honorable mention stories will be published in one issue of Third Wednesday. Copyright is retained by the author.

We are now reading for the Fall issue, which will be published in September of 2018. 

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.  Please be a good poetry citizen and inform us through a note in Submittable if some of your work is accepted elsewhere.  We usually respond to submissions within a month of receipt. 

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.



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
Annual subscription rate (outside of USA) $42

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)
You'll also find options for orders of  2, 3 and 4 copies on the order form.

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.

When ordering back issues we strongly suggest that you email us before placing your order so that we can check on availability.  Because payment is processed through Submittable's account, we have no way to process credit card refunds.  Our address is tw@leadfootpress.com.

Sold out issues:

Volume X, No 2, The Spring 2017 Poetry Contest Issue
Volume X, No 4, The Fall Contest Issue.
Volume IX, No. 3, Summer 2016

Issues from Volume X on are always available electronically 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 your name and address.  If you choose this payment method, do not complete this online form.

When ordering  e-editions be sure to include a valid email address. Mail to:
Joe Ferrari
Third Wednesday
11316 Farley Street
Redford, MI 48239

Regular Fiction Submission are closed until September of 2018. Our summer issue selections have been made and our fall issue will feature winning stories from our annual flash fiction contest.  The contest will begin taking entries on June 1, 2018.

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. 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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