New Literary Journal Focuses on the “Mostly True”

A new online literary journal called 3QR: The Three Quarter Review will feature stories, poems, and essays that “allow writers to stretch out a bit,” according to 3QR’s editor, Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson.

“It’s not your typical journal,” says Cavanaugh Simpson, a long-time friend of the Baltimore chapter as a lecturer in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and as a member of the editorial board of The Baltimore Review. “We bypass battles over literary categories, featuring ‘mostly true stories.'”

The name of the online journal is a reference to its requirement that submissions be “at least 75% true.”

The inaugural issue of 3QR features fiction by Stephen Dixon, poems by Marilyn L. Taylor, and an essay by Cavanaugh Simpson. The contents are available free in their entirety on the 3QR website. The journal is billed as a “three-year experiment.”

Authors are invited to submit to 3QR on an ongoing basis. Prose submissions should be no more than 3,000 words, and poets may submit up to three poems at a time.

They’ll take the author’s word on the percentage of fictional content, though.


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