50/50 Poetry Contests


Since we began publication 15 years ago, 3rd Wednesday has been a token paying market, offering payment of $3 per accepted piece. We have noticed that many of our contributors choose to opt out of payment, thus contributing in their small way to the cause of literature.

Beginning with the summer 2020 issue, we offer a new alternative. The poems of each submitter who chooses to waive payment and contribute $4 to an ongoing contest pool will be eligible for a larger payout of 50% of the net contributions for that issue or $50 (which ever is larger), plus a one year subscription to the print edition of the magazine (a $28 value).

There will be no 50/50 contest for the Spring issue since that is our annual poetry contest issue.

For each issue, one winning poem will be chosen by the poetry editors from among all contributors who have chosen to contribute to the 50/50 prize pool.

Entering these contests is entirely optional and we hope to make these contests a regular feature of the magazine.

To participate in a 50/50 contest, have your poems ready, click the link below and choose “Regular Poetry Submissions” from the choices at Submittable.