These winning stories are all so good, in different ways, and I can tell the writers put a lot of work, love, talent and craft into them. Judging is subjective but I wish it wasn’t. The difference between a winner and a non-winner was sometimes slight. I know that when the editors or judges of contests I’ve entered say “there were so many excellent entries, it was hard to choose,” that they aren’t just saying that to be nice. I feel very much the same.
Here are the winners: Concession Girl byDiana Spechler Handling This by Susan Rodgers The Last Love Song of Johnny Mascerone by Gordon Brown
Four additional authors worthy of Honorable Mention: Damon Macias Moreno, Alan Sincic, Nancy Quinn & Julie Gard.
3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week is a prize winner from our spring issue’s annual poetry contest. Elizabeth Wolf won one of three $100 awards for this “Haibun”, which she says was her first attempt at this prosometric form that originated in Japan. Each of the stazas is expanded by the Senryūat its conclusion.
3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week is one of the winning poems from our most recent poetry contest. It appeared in our spring issue which is available free online at our website or for $6 in print at Amazon.com.
Next-to-Last Visit With My Father / Charles Hughes
“A splendid, well-constructed example of deep emotion, quietly but vividly expressed. Each of the poem’s six 6-line stanzas feature carefully selected details from a particularly difficult farewell, making them indelible—causing the reader to sense the speaker’s dwindling hope while simultaneously cherishing the best of what remains of it.” – Marilyn L. Taylor, contest judge.
Acting Class is one of three winners in 3rd Wednesday‘s annual poetry contest and is our “Poem of the Week” from the Spring issue of 3W. Print copies can be ordered at Amazon.com and you can find a free download of the digital edition on our website.
The spring issue of 3rd Wednesday is about to go into the mail. This is our annual poetry contest issue and today we present one of the honorable mention poems from this year’s contest. The poet tells us that this is her first ever poetry publication. The issue is on sale now at Amazon.
Since we began publication 13 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 $3 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).