100 Submissions in 100 Days – #20 3 Elements

I am only 20 submissions in and this is getting REALLY difficult. I’m wondering if it would actually be easier to just write all new poetry instead of slogging through my archives to find poetry that matches these journals. I’m still not ready to do that but it’s still in the back of my mind. But on to today’s submission to 3 Elements.

From their “About” page:

3Elements Literary Review is a literary journal, of course! We have a presence in Chicago, IL, as well as Des Moines, IA. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography.

Each issue begins with the posting of three elements (which are currently Glaze, Thread, Murmur), and ends with a journal filled with the imaginative ways in which each writer and artist transformed those elements. Our journal is uniquely designed and filled with literature that is thoughtfully crafted. We pride ourselves on publishing contributors from all around the globe. We just might be the best online literary magazine you’ve never heard of.

From their “Submit” page:

We are currently accepting submissions for our winter issue.

Please take the time to read our submission guidelines before submitting your material.
Our FAQ section is also very helpful.

Sending us your work is both easy and painless. When you submit to 3Elements Review , we do not charge any submission or reading fee of any kind. So send us your best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and artwork using the appropriate link below. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us here.

3Elements Literary Review is Published quarterly as a PDF & Flash book.
Accepted material: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography.
Three elements are given each quarter, and your job is to take those elements and create a story using all three.
The three elements for the current submission period are: Glaze, Thread, Murmur.
Due October 31, 2016, for our winter issue, no. 13.

This particular journal has a free download so that is helpful as far as getting a feel for the tastes of the editors. Of course, that means it is an unpaid publication if my poem(s) get(s) accepted, but that’s OK. I figure in order to reach the 100 submissions in 100 days goal, I will have to include the unpaid options.

I selected 5 of my poems that I had not submitted elsewhere. Hopefully one or more will fit with what they are doing. Wish me luck!

Have you ever given yourself a challenge for submitting or writing? How did that go for you? I would love to hear about it in the comments below. 

If you would like to know where to submit your work, you can check out either of the following Google documents:
the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS
my Google doc titled “SUBMIT POETRY FOR FREE”


I was one of the opening poets at an intimate show featuring Saul WIlliams back in November 2012.

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