Sometimes (okay, a lot of times) we receive submissions that don’t include the elements in them, which is what we’re all about at this literary magazine. But don’t get us wrong, we love many other literary magazines/journals, both themed and un-themed. Like any other literary magazine editors would tell you, we just want you to follow the submission guidelines. At least read them? Please?
Damien Cowger, a contributor of 3Elements Review, and the managing editor of New Ohio Review said, “It’s offensive, as a writer, AND editor, when people don’t follow guidelines. I understand small errors, but blatant disregard? It’s offensive as a writer because you work hard to meet those submission guidelines, and it’s lame to know that other writers aren’t putting as much thought into it.”
We agree. We submit to literary magazines too and know now more than ever the importance of taking the time to see what the magazine is looking for before we submit. It’s one thing to accidentally leave your name on a submission when a journal reads blind, and it’s another to submit a 25,000 word piece to a journal that only publishes flash fiction or to submit a random piece to a journal with a specific theme.
If you’ve enjoyed writing short stories that include the three given elements we come up with each submission period, you may also like The First Line, one of my favorite literary journals. Each quarter, the editors choose one line that you must use as your own first line, but the rest of the story is up to you. It’s fascinating to see where each story goes–and that’s just how we feel when we read writing submissions here at 3Elements Review. This may sound cheesy, but it feels like an adventure when we open a submission and see what you’ve done with the elements!
If you have non-3Elements related writing, check out some of the literary magazines in our list below:
- Midwestern Gothic (Features work about or inspired by the Midwest)
- Cheap Pop (Micro-fiction that pops)
- Whiskey Paper
- From the Depths
- Red Savina Review
- Revolution House
- Tin House
- New Ohio Review
- The Sun Magazine
- Kenyon Review
- Southern Review
- Iowa Review
- Copperfield Review
- Prick of the Spindle
- Creative Nonfiction
What are some of your favorite literary journals?