At 3Elements Review, people often ask us questions about submitting work: what to write, how to submit, due dates, and how to capture the attention of our editors. Today, I’ll offer a primer on submitting to 3ER as well as insider advice that might increase the odds that we’ll accept your work.
First, always look up the elements for the submission period. Quarterly, we offer a specific challenge to writers that they use all three of the elements in each of their fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction submissions. The magazine’s current elements always can be found under the “Submit” menu on our website; elements for the March 1st deadline are: terminal, 6324, and bare. We hope our eclectic mix of terms will inspire interesting writing, but will not accept your written submission–no matter how interesting– if each does not include all three elements (words) in an organic, interesting way. There’s no need to bold or highlight the elements in your submission; however, we do ask that the terms be used with fidelity and as an integral part of the body of the work. Insider tip: slapping the terms into a the title of a piece is not acceptable. We want our elements to inspire new work or significantly revitalize the work of our writers and artists, not be haphazardly forced into a work previously written or created.
We ask that both fiction and creative nonfiction pieces be between 500 and 3500 words. A writer is allowed to submit up to three fiction or creative nonfiction pieces per submission period, but we require that the submissions be separate. We list no word minimum or maximum for poetry and invite poets to submit up to five poems. Unless you feel your poems are a “set” that must be published together (a decision that might decrease the likelihood of publication), we prefer that you submit poems separately as well. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you do us the courtesy of withdrawing your piece as soon as it is accepted elsewhere.
Art and photography need only reflect one of the elements, though we prefer creative work that incorporates all three. Insider tip: we would love to receive more art and photography for 3ER!
We are currently reading many interesting submissions for the March 1st publication. We’d love to read your work. When you send us something, please send your thoughtfully revised and edited work. We are always sad to decline an interesting piece because of sloppy editing!
Please refer to the “Submission Guidelines” menu for more information about what we like to read and how to submit your work. We look forward to publishing you!
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