When submitting work to a literary journal, it is important to pay close attention to submission guidelines that are found on each journal’s site. Literary journal submissions vary across journals, which is why clicking the “submission guidelines” link is a helpful tool.
At 3Elements Review, we look for character-driven stories as opposed to plot-driven stories. The goal is to make the reader want to continue reading the story and not put it down until it there is nothing left to read. 3Elements also provides just that, three elements or words assigned to each issue that are to be incorporated into writer’s stories. The story does not have to be centered around the three elements, but all three elements should be incorporated in the story in a creative way.
Artwork and photography should showcase a minimum of one of the given elements, but that doesn’t mean that all three can’t be captured. Make sure to include an explanation on how you used the elements and how you feel the work submitted represents the issue’s elements.
Don’t forget to include a short bio with all submissions. Not only do the editors want to know about you, but the readers most likely will want to know as well. There seems to be a stronger connection when a reader is able to see an author’s face and have a little knowledge on his or her writing background.
Submitting pieces for 3Elements is free, making getting the submission process a little less stressful. Work of any type should be submitted through Submittable on given deadlines or it will not be looked over by an editor.
Some literary journal submission guidelines ask writers to refrain from submitting the same piece of work to multiple journals, while many journals welcome it. At 3Elements, we think that submitting one piece at a time and waiting for a response (some journals have very long response times) is unfair to writers. We welcome simultaneous submissions, but ask that you please let us know if your piece has been accepted elsewhere! We’ll even read up to three short stories and five poems per submitter per submission period.