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  • Submission Guidelines

    Submission Guidelines


    The three elements for the current submission period are: Gristle, Bolt, Kitchen Table.
    Due October 31, 2018, for our winter issue, no. 21.

    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, Gristle, Bolt, Kitchen Table—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 content) work submitted to us through Submittable. You can easily submit material to us from our 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, as well as the readers of our publication will naturally want to know a little more about you, as well as your writing background, so providing us with a bio is very helpful! We would also love to feature you in the Contributors section of our website. Although participation on our Contributors page is not required if you’re accepted for publication, if you do decide to participate, we ask that you follow some basic photo guidelines which will be provided at the time of your acceptance.


    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.


    Submission calendar (Current submission period highlighted)

    Three Elements Revealed
    Submissions Open
    Submissions Close Issue Released Issue No.
    Winter Issue August 1 October 31 January 1 21
    Spring Issue November 1 January 31 April 1 21
    Summer Issue February 1 April 30 July 1 21
    Fall Issue May 1 July 31 October 1 21

    Submission fee

    Submitting material to 3Elements Literary Review is absolutely free. Submittable is what you will use to submit your piece. You can create a free account with Submittable, or login to your existing account.


    Usage rights

    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.


    Multiple submissions

    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

    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.

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