3rd Wednesday Blog

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Third Wednesday is a finely produced print journal that provides a quarterly outlet for both experienced and new writers and artists whose work deserves to be in print, publishing writers, poets and visual artists from all over the world.

Third Wednesday accepts submissions of poetry and prose through our Submittable account. We never charge submission or reading fees (except for contests) and registration at Submittable is free.

Scroll down to see some examples of the work we are publishing.

I Have No Thoughts of Cosmological Matters – Our Poem of the Week

This week’s poem is a Triolet from M. B. Powell, a Washington poet who has three tiolets in the winter issue of Third Wednesday.  The poet’s chapbook, Lovers, Mothers, Killers, Others is published by Finishing Line Press2013.
A poem of eight lines, rhyming abaaabab and so structured that the first line recurs as the fourth and seventh and the second as the eighth.

Photo credit:  NASA Hubble Telescope

Edition III of our One Sentence Poetry Contest

One Sentence Poetry Contest

Edition III of our One Sentence Poetry Contest is underway.  Winners of this popular feature will appear in the Summer Issue of the magazine in June.

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 III we’ll be accepting submissions from February 15 to May 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.

We are openfor entries from February 15th  to May 15th, 2019

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) in July of 2019, 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 copyrights 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

Tip For Writers

Use vs. Utilize

Most people, judging by the number of times I see them misused, don’t know that utilize and use have different meanings.  They are not interchangeable.  You use an object for a purpose common to that object, while you might utilize an object for a purpose not common to that object. For instance you use a pen to write, but you might utilize a pen to perform an emergency tracheotomy.  You would use a dime to pay for a gumball but you might utilize a dime to tighten or loosen a screw.

Soldiers use a shovel:                          Soldiers utilize a shovel:
Image result for digging a foxhole        Image result for shovel as murder weapon


We like poems that paint a vivid picture and this one from Raymond Byrnes does exactly that.  His poem is a photograph of a stormy Lake Superior.  It’s an apt description of how quickly conditions can change on the big lake using images that are familiar to those who know the hard working inland sea.