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 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 cannot put down.

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.

Submission due dates: Please see this page for a submission and publishing calendar.

Simultaneous submissions are completely fine with us, as long as you withdraw your submission from 3Elements Review immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere.

Notification: You will typically hear from us within a few days after the deadline, if not much sooner.

Feedback: We do not have time to give individual feedback on submissions. However, if something really strikes us, we may feel compelled to write you a little note.

Payment: Unfortunately we cannot pay at this time, but if accepted, we hope you’ll Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, Pin, email, blog, and text about your accomplishment. We will happily do the same.

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  • Artwork is only required to represent one of the given elements (poison ivy, hologram, and fire escape), although representing all three will really wow us. We are pretty lenient with this requirement, meaning we are open to more abstract connections.
  • Please submit ONLY one piece of art per submission. It helps us stay organized and consider each piece individually. If you would like to have multiple pieces considered, please send them as separate submissions. Submissions with multiple pieces of art will not be considered for publication.
  • We do not accept work created with AI, as AI programs often steal and appropriate work from other artists. 
  • No previously published work.
  • Please include a short third-person bio.
  • All three elements (the specific words) given for the submission period (poison ivy, hologram, and fire escape) must be included in your essay to be considered for publication. No exceptions.
  • Proofread your work. We must decline pieces that need major editing, even if they are otherwise good.
  • Please do not exceed 3,500 words.
  • No previously published work.
  • A short third-person bio must be included with your submission.
  • Photography is only required to represent one of the given elements (poison ivy, hologram, and fire escape), although representing all three will really wow us.
  • Please submit ONLY one photo per submission. It helps us stay organized and consider each piece individually. If you would like to have multiple photographs considered, please send them as separate submissions. Submissions with multiple photographs will not be considered for publication.
  • No previously published work.
  • Please include a short third-person bio.
  • All three elements (the specific words) given for the submission period (poison ivy, hologram, and fire escape), must be included in your poem to be considered for publication. No exceptions.
  • Please submit ONLY one poem per submission. It helps us stay organized and consider each piece individually. If you would like to have multiple poems considered, please send them as separate submissions. Submissions with multiple poems will not be considered for publication.
  • No previously published work.
  • Please include a short third-person bio.
  • All three elements (the specific words) given for the submission period (poison ivy, hologram, and fire escape) must be included in your story to be considered for publication. No exceptions.
  • Proofread your work. We must decline pieces that need major editing, even if they are otherwise good.
  • Please don't exceed 3,500 words.
  • No previously published work.
  • A short third-person bio must be included with your submission.
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  • You will hear from us within two weeks.
  • Artwork and photography are only required to represent one of the given elements (poison ivy, hologram, and fire escape), although representing all three will really wow us. We are somewhat lenient with this requirement, meaning we are open to more abstract connections.
  • Please submit ONLY one piece per submission. It helps us stay organized and consider each piece individually. If you would like to have multiple pieces considered, please send them as separate submissions. Submissions with multiple pieces of art will not be considered for publication.
  • No previously published work. Fiction and Nonfiction should be no longer than 3,500 words and poetry should be no longer than two pages.
  • A short third-person bio must be included with your submission.

3Elements Review seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated poetry editor to join our team. Our editors MUST keep pace with submissions, comment on pieces during the reading period, and possess strong copyediting and proofreading skills. 

How our process works: we typically receive between 200 to 300 poetry submissions per quarter, reading them as they come in so that when submissions close, we can quickly accept or decline. We then have two months to edit, proofread, and release the issue. Our editors must be willing to adhere to a schedule, including reading incoming pieces within a week of receiving them and sooner if prompted. Please do the following if you are interested:

  • Tell us why you would like to be an editor for 3Elements Review. 
  • Share your favorite poets. 
  • Let us know what your favorite literary journals are.
  • Submit a resume pertaining to your writing and editing experience. 
  • Include a writing sample, whether it be a link to a published poem or an unpublished piece you are proud of.

We estimate that an editor's duties take about one to two hours per week during submission periods. When submissions close, there may be two to three weeks that require approximately three hours per week for reading, editing, and proofreading.
 

There will be a trial period to ensure you're a good fit, that you're reading submissions in a timely fashion, and that your editing and proofreading is thorough.

This position is a labor of love. None of us make any money at the moment. Editing for 3Elements Review offers great professional experience, and we have a lot of fun doing the journal. We look forward to hearing from you!

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