I had a friend that was excited about 3Elements Review. She looked at our first issue and loved the concept, the design, the stories and poems and art inside, but she asked me why we didn’t accept nonfiction
So, I floated the idea to Mikaela and C.J. and we were all kind of like, “How could you use the elements this way?” We thought about it and decided that it could be really cool to see what people brought us; how people incorporate our elements into their real-life stories was full of possibility! We agreed that we should let nonfiction into our doors. And, you know what? We got a piece that I am SO excited about. It’s short, flash-memoir, and I don’t know if we are going to publish it or not, but really, it is incredible and needs to find a home.
See, we changed our acceptance policies. At first, with a new journal, we would jump on a piece that we loved or liked. That’s why we have such a huge first issue–we just couldn’t say no to those pieces! And, if you’ve read issue one, you’ll likely agree–the work is stunning. That first issue almost killed us. It was a labor of love on all of our parts, and Marlon put in countless hours fine-tuning the design and making it look perfect. I think we kicked butt, but we all decided to make the next issue a bit smaller.
So, in order to do that, we are sitting on pieces a little longer. The reason is two-fold: 1) We don’t want to reach our quota before the submission deadline is over and 2) We got about 20-25% of our total submissions the last two days of our reading window for the first issue. We had two great stories that we were choosing from at the last minute–which one fit our aesthetic? Which one used the elements in interesting and poignant ways? Which one was the kind of story that we thought, “This must be in print?” We discussed and fought for our favorite and, in the end, only picked one. Had we waited longer, we may have picked both. We didn’t have the whole body of work to choose from, but just a smaller sample and less spots to fill.
We are waiting a little longer, so I don’t know if this new nonfiction piece I love will ultimately go in the journal. We’ve been getting some stellar work, and I am so happy to be a part of this 3ER family and see as issue 2 takes shape.
Nonfiction. That’s the name of one of our games. How will you use the elements to write something for us? We look forward to finding out.