One Sentence Poetry Contest


Edition IV of our One Sentence Poetry Contest closed for entries on November 15, 2019 Winners of this popular contest will appear in the Winter issue of the magazine in December.

Poetry of a single sentence has a long history in literature.  John Keats’ Bright star, would I were steadfast, Ezra Pound’s In a Station of the Metro, William Carlos Williams The Red Wheelbarrow, Linda Paston’s The New Dog, Ted Kooser’s Official Business to name a few.

Our first ever one sentence poetry contest in the summer issue of 2018 proved to be such a popular event that we’ve made it a regular feature.  For round IV we’ll be accepting submissions between August 15 and November 15, 2019.


Whether it’s an American Sentence, Haiku(ish) or just a great poetic sentence, we want to see what you can pack into the basic building block of literature, the sentence.

The Simple Rules: Each poem should have a title and should consist of a single English sentence with conventional punctuation. There is no limit on length.

You may include up to 3 one sentence poems in your entry, which must be a single spaced .doc or .docx file. Do not include any identifying information within the body of the document. Multiple entries are allowed. Poems must not have been previously published.


The Money: $50 will be awarded to three winning poems. Our editors will also choose at least 10 additional entries for publication. Winners and all entries selected for publication will receive a print copy of the issue (an $11 value).

The entry fee of $5 must be paid via credit card or Pay Pal through Submittable. All entries will receive a PDF copy of the contest issue (a $5 value), so the net cost of your first entry is $ZERO.

The Selection: The contest will be judged by the editorial staff of Third Wednesday Magazine who will read submissions blindly following the process we use with our regular submissions.

Legaleeze: By submitting work to Third Wednesday, the author grants us First Right to publish the work in print and electronically (on our blog or website).  Works that are accepted will be published in one issue of Third Wednesday and a few will also appear on our blog to serve as examples of what we publish.  All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Winners from the previous contests:



Looking at Charlie Russell paintings
at a gallery in Helena, Montana,
I realize what I think
poetry should always be:
a cowboy and horse
forever hanging
in mid-air,
a tumbling hat
stuck there,
a rattlesnake
always just about
to strike.

-Mark Hinton
Bloomington, Minnesota