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Autumn 2019: This issue features the results of our third annual George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest, three winners chosen for us by Jeremy Griffin, author, teacher and faculty fiction advisor/editor of The Waccamaw Journal of Coastal Carolina University. You can also purchase this issue at in print at a discount prince from Amazon.com.

Summer 2019: issue 3 of volume XII. This issue features the winning poems from the third edition of our popular One Sentence Poetry Contest. Once again our contributors have come through with some fantastic examples of what a poet can do with the basic building block of writing. Our featured poet is Jennifer McGowan, who lives near Oxford, England. We were taken with her experimentation with a traditional form.

Spring 2019: This issue includes the winners and honorable mentions from our annual poetry contest. We are pleased with the selections made by our judge for this year’s contest, Robert Fanning. In addition to the monumental task of reading and evaluating nearly 450 poems from the contest, Mr. Fanning also curated a special feature of student poems from Central Michigan University where he teaches. This is the latest in our series of student features. We’re excited to give this opportunity to young writers, many of whom are seeing their work in print for the first time.


Winter 2019: In this issue you’ll find the results of our “Second Ever One Sentence Poetry Contest”. You’ll also find new work from Ted Kooser, Marge Piercy, Dan Gerber (with a couple of excellent examples of one sentence poems), Jack Ridl and Robert Haight, as well as from lesser known writers familiar to 3rd Wednesday readers – Sheryl Clough, Lisa Timpf, Jude Dippold, Leslie Schultz and Buff Whitman Bradley.

Autumn 2018: This issue of Third Wednesday includes the winners of our second George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. Also in this issue, an assortment of great poetry from past and first time contributors, one of whom I’ll single out for special mention. Ted Kooser, Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 to 2006, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2004, is a long-time friend of Third Wednesday, reprinting poems from our pages in his nationally circulated “American Life in Poetry” series eight times. Look for his previously unpublished poem, “Fairgrounds”, in this issue and look for more from Mr. Kooser in future issues of TW.

Summer 2018: Our summer issue includes the results of our first ever “One Sentence” poetry contest, an experiment that our editors have had a lot of fun reading. We’ve published not only the three winning poems for you, but a number of other entries in which we found considerable merit. Our contributors have proven that you can pack a lot of poetry into the basic building block of literature.

Spring 2018: We’re excited about this, the annual poetry contest issue of Third Wednesday. We’ve been running this contest for many years. We’re pleased that we were able to have Phillip Sterling judge this year’s contest. This year saw nearly 200 entries, meaning that Mr. Sterling had to read close to 600 poems, from which he had to select just 3 winners.

This issue’s other feature is a suite of poems by undergraduate poets from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. It was curated by teacher, Lauren Tivey, who was our featured poet in last summer’s Volume X, Number 3. For most of these young poets, this is a first-time publication.

Winter 2018: This is what we call a “between contests issue”. There’s nothing going on except the best writing that was sent to us. Oh, we do have a new poem by Marge Piercy, a good friend to TW, but we’re not going to brag. There are lots of other good friends in this issue too, some old, some new.

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Spring 2017