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.
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
what some of our editors have said about what they look for:
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.
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
no more than three poems in a single .doc or .docx file
through our Submittable portal. Use the link above.
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. Be sure to
find and like us on Facebook. Something of yours could be featured
someday and you wouldn't want to miss it.
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.
short-short stories of no more than 1,500 words (shorter is even
better). We do not publish memoir, essay, genre or children's
fiction. Send only one story per submission. Bear in mind that we
publish only 3-5 fiction pieces per issue.
prefer a single spaced document with minimal formatting as a .doc or
should be no identifying information within your file so that
submissions can be read blindly.
are allowed. Please inform us immediately if you work is accepted
for publication elsewhere.
using our portal at Submittable. You’ll find the link above.
for poetry, fiction and artwork is one contributor copy, plus a small
honorarium of $3 to $5.
are open on a rolling basis, with notice of which issue we are
currently reading for. Seasonal work should be sent three months in
advance. Thus, poems about winter should be sent in August, spring
poems in January, etc.