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  • Literary Magazines

    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
    • McSweeney’s
    • From the Depths
    • Red Savina Review
    • Revolution House
    • Tin House
    • New Ohio Review
    • Ploughshares
    • 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?

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    Elemental Conversations: Amanda Kimmerly

    Poet, editor, and writing coach Amanda Kimmerly is the co-author of the invented languages guidebook, THE WAY IT GROWS: AN INTRODUCTION TO DVARSH. Her creations appear in Pear Noir!Full of CrowREAL: Regarding Arts & LettersStorychord, with poems forthcoming in Mad Hatters’ Review and Arsenic Lobster. She blogs online at Polished Pear Creative and lives in Austin, TX.

    Amanda Kimmerly

    3ER: Was there a specific element that sparked your story idea?

    AK: The highly speculated inner life of sci-Fi writer Philip K. Dick sparked the idea for the first poem. Philip K. Dick often experienced alternate realities in the way that a lot of people associate with “past lives”—but they were concurrent with his “present” life. Learning this of him, I immediately felt connected. Often, I feel as if I am living—or, we all are living—parallel lives. The first poem reflects the moments where you are aware of shifting between them.

    The second poem is one I am just happy to pry out of my psyche.

    3ER: What do you want to tell readers about your piece?

    AK: Thank you for reading!

    3ER: If you could choose any three elements, what would they be?

    AK: Vatican City, Nebula, Wildfire

    3ER: Who are your favorite writers?

    AK: My Contemporaries: Robert Stikmanz, Miracle Jones, John & Christine McDermott, Jade Ramsey, Jennifer Dean, Christine Faris, Brittany Moore, Elizabeth Smythe, Kat Dixon, Jon-Michael Frank.

    3ER: Why do you think writing matters?

    AK: It keeps you compassionate.

    3ER: What is the weirdest dream you’ve ever had? 

    AK: My dream life is intense, so it’s hard to pinpoint. But, there was this one, where I birthed twin cats (and like, felt it), which morphed into two-year-old humans, a boy, and girl, who looked nothing like me. Sam Witwer and Sammy Huntington from the cast Being Human were there. We were all standing in a cobblestone street together late at night, when it became eerily clear that none of us were human—not the babies, not them, not me. We were ghosts.

    3ER: Where can we read more of your work? 

    AK: I run an editing and coaching service for writers, where I merge metaphysical practices with practical ones to enhance writing at Polished Pear Creative. I’d love it if you found me there, and we could chat. J  You can keep up with me on Twitter, too! @PortraitOfALady

    Amanda has two poems out now in Issue 3. Here is an excerpt from An Alternate Memory or Double Truth:

    wherein two artists get tangled up in green sunlight:

                i didn’t know the drugs would be so heavy

    i didn’t know the glare in the moon would appear

    as its own ghost, reflecting our ghost


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    Finding Honest Feedback

    I have been writing since I was about ten years old, and through the years, I have learned so many things about the writing process. Some of those things have been through lessons and some have been through mistakes. However, sharing our mistakes can serve as lessons to others.

    One of the most important things I learned as a new writer is to get a quality opinion before submitting a piece for publication.  Your mother, wife, or husband may think you wrote a masterpiece, when in reality the short story you wrote needs some serious TLC. I suggest all new writers confide in someone who is literarily knowledgeable. This may be a colleague, a teacher, a professor, or even a friend who also has experience writing. With this person, discuss your work with them and allow them to read and review your pieces in preparation for submissions. I made the mistake of believing my work was flawless based on my family and friends opinions, when in reality each piece I wrote needed more revision. I learned that no matter how good my work was, it could always benefit from a colleague’s second look.

    Who do you trust to read your work and give honest feedback?


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