Annual Poetry Contest

The 2022 Poetry contest Opens for entries on November 1, 2021 and closes on February 15, 2022. Each year Third Wednesday awards 3 $100 Prizes in its annual poetry contest.

Introduing this year’s contest judge: Keith Taylor

KTaylorPoet and writer Keith Taylor recently retired from the University of Michigan where he taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs in creative writing.

Recent publication: January 2021, Let Them Be Left, poems from Isle Royale published by Alice Greene & Co. 

His sixteenth collection, The Bird-while, was published by Wayne State University Press February 2017. Ecstatic Destinations was published by Alice Greene & Co in 2018.

Keith’s work has appeared in such publications as Story, The Los Angeles Times, Alternative Press, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Notre Dame Review, The Iowa Review, Witness, Chicago Tribune, and Hanging Loose. Other books are Marginalia for a Natural History published by Black Lawrence Press, and Ghost Writers, a collection of ghost stories co-edited with Laura Kasischke, published by Wayne State University Press.

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Winning poets and honorable mentions will receive a print copy of the contest issue. Non-prize poems will be considered for inclusion in the same or later issue of 3rd Wednesday as a regular submission unless the poet chooses not to have them considered (to preserve eligibility for other contests).

We will accept contest entries of up to 3 previously unpublished poems of any style and subject matter. There is no limit on length. Poems should be uploaded as a single .doc or .docx file with no identifying information within the text of the file. For poems with unusual spacing, do not use tabs. All entries must come through our submissions management portal at Submittable.  If you are not already a Submittable user, registration is free. We will not accept entries by mail or email.

You may enter as many times as you like, but only three poems per entry.

To see previous winners and honorable mentions, you can download 2019 & 2020’s Spring issues. Just click the “Free Issues” menu item above.