3Elements publishes digitally once every quarter. We publish our issue online in both a PDF format, in addition to an interactive, page-turn flash format. You can expect each issue as follows: Our winter issue is our first issue of the year, always released on January 1. We follow that up with our spring issue released on April 1. Next comes our summer issue which is released on July 1. Finally, our last issue of the year is released on October 1.
What does 3Elements enjoy reading?
We appreciate good writing in any genre. We especially like edgy writing that offers insight into darkness. We prefer character-driven stories as opposed to plot-driven ones. We relish a piece with a great deal of heart and more than a little bit of Truth (note the capital “T”).We want to read a story that makes us feel edified or philosophical or amused or creeped out or angry or melancholy or inspired or, best yet, all of these things together.
We want to read a story we simply can’t put down.We generally don’t enjoy science fiction, unless a particularly well-written story rises above the ordinary to engage the heart as well as the mind. We despise cliché. We find stories that include gratuitous violence distasteful. Sexism, racism, or other forms of intolerance are intolerable to us. That said, you can certainly reveal a character through his/her prejudices; just don’t use a story to perpetuate negative stereotypes or ignorance. The world is already bursting with both.
Using the three given elements
As you might have guessed, 3Elements Review is a themed literary journal, hence the three elements, and all THREE elements (the specific words, Temple, Yard Sale, Visitation—art & photography excluded) given for the submission period must be included in your story or poem for your work to be considered for publication in 3Elements Review; NO EXCEPTIONS WHATSOEVER. Synonyms of the elements will not be accepted.
Your story or poem doesn’t have to be about the three elements or even revolve around them; simply use your imagination to create whatever you want. Just don’t forget the three elements! You can use any form of the words/elements for the given submission period. For example, if the elements are: Flash, Whimsy, and Seizure; we would accept the usage of Flashed, Whimsical, and Seizures. Deviating from the exact form of words given as the three elements should not change the meaning or context, for your submission to still be considered valid.
Artwork and photography
If you decide to submit any artwork and/or photography, we only require that you capture or depict the essence of one element, however, creating something that represents all three elements will really impress us. In addition, when you submit artwork or photography, please describe your process and tell us what medium you used, as well as a brief explanation as to how you feel your artwork or photography represents the element(s).
How to submit your work
We will only accept previously unpublished (including digital/online) work submitted to us through Submittable, which can be accessed on our website’s Submit page. Any work that is sent to us as an attachment, or in the body of an email, through our ‘Contact’ page, or any other way outside of Submittable, will never be considered. Not even for a second. Ever.
There is no minimum word count, but please keep your fiction and nonfiction submissions under 3,500 words. Poetry must be under two typed pages.
If you’re accepted for publication in 3Elements Literary Review, we would love to see YOU! Receive some well deserved recognition by sending us a clear headshot of yourself, preferably 200 pixels wide by 300 pixels in height. Your headshot photo should only contain you. Art, graphics, writing of any kind, pets, other people in your photo other than yourself is not acceptable. In addition to your headshot, please send us your bio! We, as well as readers of our publication will naturally want to know a little more about you, as well as your writing background.
Submission due dates
October 31, January 31, April 30, and July 31 for issues forthcoming January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1, respectively, unless otherwise noted.
|Three Elements Revealed||Submissions Open||Submissions Close||Issue Released|
|Winter Issue||August 1||August 1||October 31||January 1|
|Spring Issue||November 1||November 1||January 31||April 1|
|Summer Issue||February 1||February 1||April 30||July 1|
|Fall Issue||May 1||May 1||July 31||October 1|
Submitting material to 3Elements Literary Review is absolutely free. Submittable is what you will use to send us your submissions. You can create a free account with Submittable through our Submit page by clicking on any of the submission categories.
Please refer here regarding our usage rights.
Submission period category limits
We will only accept the following number of submissions per submission category: Fiction and nonfiction is capped at no more than two submissions per submission period. Poetry is limited to three submissions per submission period, art and photography is also limited to three submissions per submission period.
We do not accept multiple submissions within the same document/file. Each submission (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography) must be sent separately, and not submitted within the same document.
Simultaneous submissions are completely fine with us. Our only requirement is that you immediately withdraw your submission from 3Elements Review should you decide to publish your piece elsewhere.
The status of your submission can be viewed by logging into your Submittable. You can check the status of your submission by clicking here.
We are writers, teachers, copywriters, graduate students, bloggers, interns, spouses, etc., (and that’s just four of us) so regrettably we cannot give individual feedback on submissions. However, if something really strikes us, we may feel compelled to write you a little note.
Unfortunately, there is no pay at this time, but if published in 3Elements Review, we hope you’ll Tweet, Like, email, blog, and share your accomplishment.