Ends on November 30, 2018

$5.00 USD

We had such great response to our first ever "One Sentence Poetry Contest" earlier this year that we decided to do it again.  Our contributors submitted some great work. Our editors and our our readers hunger for more.  This time, were doubling the prize money.

Whether it's an American Sentence, Haiku(ish) or just a great poetic sentence, we want to see what you can pack into the basic building block of literature, the sentence.

The Simple Rules:

Each poem should have a title and should consist of an English sentence with conventional punctuation. There is no limit on length.

You may include up to 3 one sentence poems in your entry, which must be a single spaced doc or docx file. Do not include any identifying information within the body of the document. Entries will be accepted from August 15 though November 30 only through our Submittable account.  No email or paper submissions will be considered. The entry fee of $5 must be paid via credit card or Pay Pal through Submittable at the time of entry. You may enter multiple times, but no more than three poems per entry.

The Money and Other Prizes

$50 will be awarded to each of three winning poems.  In addition to the three prize winning poems, we will publish about 20 additional poems in which the editors have found considerable merit.  All entries selected for publication will receive a print copy of the issue (an $11 value). All entrants will receive an electronic (PDF) copy of the contest issue (a $5 value), so the net cost of your first entry is ZERO. 

The Selection:

The contest will be judged by the editorial staff of Third Wednesday Magazine. W will read submissions blindly, following the process we use with our regular submissions. Every entry will begin its journey "in contention".  As the contest progresses, entries that fall "out of contention" for prize money or publication will be notified immediately.  Prize winners and poems selected for publication will be notified shortly after the entry deadline.


As with all submissons to TW, we require North American rights to first publicaton in print and online.  Copyright reamains with the author.

Sample Poems:

Here a few poems from our first contest.


PAINTINGS AS METAPHOR (one of three winning poems)

Looking at Charlie Russell paintings

at a gallery in Helena, Montana,

I realize what I think  

poetry should always be:

a cowboy and horse

forever hanging

in mid-air,

a tumbling hat

stuck there,

a rattlesnake

always just about

to strike.

     Mark Hinton

     Bloomington, Minnesota


Early April in Ohio: (a Tanka)

Snow evaporates

as if called back to heaven:  

sweet sublimation

conciliating our rage

at winter’s sojourn turned stale.

      Megan Neville
     Cleveland, Ohio



Under the silk nightgown

her fingers worry the lump

like a rosary bead,

counting the hours until dawn.

      Lissa Perrin
     Ann Arbor, Michigan