Third Wednesday Poetry Contest

EACH YEAR THIRD WEDNESDAY AWARDS 3 $100 PRIZES IN ITS ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST. FOR THIS YEAR’S CONTEST, ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2020 THROUGH FEBRUARY 15, 2021.

JoyGF

We’re pleased to announce that our judge for this year’s contest is Joy Gaines-Friedler. Joy has taught as a guest instructor at Wayne State University, Michigan State, Frostburg State University, and at the Lapeer Correctional Facility for the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) through the University of Michigan where she worked with male “lifers.”

Twenty years a professional photographer Joy sees poetry as a natural extension of the photographic art form: both use images, contrast, tensions, a kind of rhythm and tone to convey what language alone, cannot. You can find Joy’s complete bio and links to her books and individual work at http://www.joygainesfriedler.com/.

Notes From The Field / Alexandra Wade

Our poem of the week is a contest winner from the fall issue of 3rd Wednesday. Another 50/50 contest is under way for the winter issue due out in December. The winning poet receives 50% of the contest entry fees or $50 (which ever is greater) and a one year subcription to the print magazine. The entry fee is just $3.

Next-to-Last Visit With My Father / Charles Hughes

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.