Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sell Yourself Short -- Option #9

Magazine name:  The Threepenny Review


Country:  USA

Publishing details: Quarterly; March, June, September, December. Founded in 1980. It is published in Berkeley, California by founding editor Wendy Lesser.

Circulation:  It has a readership of 10,000.

Types of stories wanted:   They recommend that those submitting work for the first time to take a look at a sample copy beforehand. (Print copies are available from the publisher for $12.00; digital copies can be downloaded instantly for $7.00.) But I found that you can read past stories here:

Page length and payment (if known):   $400.00 per story. Articles should be about 1200 to 2500 words, Table Talk items 1000 words or less, stories and memoirs 4000 words or less.

What I like:  This payment buys first serial rights in our print and digital editions, and the copyright then reverts to the author immediately upon publication.

What I don’t like:  

They have a reading period.  They do not read submissions during the second half of the year (July through December), so please do not submit work then. Any material sent during that period will be discarded unread.

How to submit:


The only two ways to submit work; through the mail and via their online system. All online submissions must consist of a single document in Word format (.doc or .docx). Please include your name and address somewhere on the document as well as in their submission form.

All mailed manuscripts must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for our reply. Submissions should be mailed to:

    The Editors

    The Threepenny Review

    PO Box 9131

    Berkeley, CA 94709


Warning:  Emailed submissions will be discarded unread.


Response time: Response time for submissions can range from two days to two months. Please do not submit more than a single story or article until you have heard back from them about your previous submission. If you have not heard from them within a couple of months, you should assume that either your communication or theirs has gone astray.

More info:

They do not print material that has previously been published elsewhere, and they are adamant that they will not consider simultaneous submissions. Writers who do not honor this request will not be published in the magazine.


Tamara said...

In 2003, these people responded (alas, with a rejection) within a month. That's a record, and it was by snail mail.

Mary Jo said...

I read some of the fiction and thought it was pretty far out. Not my thing, I'm afraid. I hope some of your other followers can write for them, Jody.

Tamara said...

Yes, Mary Jo, they do publish some far out stories in those journals. Most of them don't really end (actually, my own didn't). They are just slices of life - or death as the case may be. I once read a story in, I forget which one, about a man whose wife grew a tooth on her arm, then on other parts of her body, then finally all over, until she died.

Jody E. Lebel said...

Sounds a bit "Twilight Zone". Just look at the cover...that tells you something right there.