3s10p is a quarterly journal of good writing. I, Thomas Basbøll, am its sole editorial authority and decider of what is good. For each issue, I will select

THREE STORIES

based on the quality of the prose and the interest of the events described. If your story is rejected it is because I did not understand what was going on, or I found it implausible, or it did not interest me.

& TEN POEMS

based on the intensity and the specifity of the emotions presented. Your poem will be rejected if I was not able to identify the emotion it presents or if it does not help me to feel it better, more precisely. If your work is philosophical it will be judged on the clarity with which it presents its concepts.


3s10p is not part of the mass or social media. It does not contribute "content" to the moronic inferno. "In writing for a newspaper," said Hemingway, "you told what happened aided by the element of timeliness which gives a certain emotion to any account of something that has happened on that day." As long as they eschew this timeliness, as long as they attempt to extricate the emotion from its history, submissions may be based on any combination of imagination and observation. Anyone can submit work: poets and philosophers, journalists and ethnographers, scientists and politicians. The only requirement is that the work be well-written and honest.

"The greatest difficulty," said Hemingway, "aside from knowing truly what you really felt, rather than what you were supposed to feel, and had been taught to feel, was to put down what really happened in action; what the actual things were which produced the emotion that you experienced." The goal is to put down "the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or in ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always."

Please submit your work or questions by email to stories [at] basboell [dot] com or poems [at] basboell [dot] com as relevant. I will try to answer mails with reasonable efficiency; feel free to query after two weeks.


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