3qreview

COYOTES by Bill Burtis

Credit: wikimedia commons On a cold, crackling full-moon-lit night I clamp on skis and glide out across the solid reservoir before tracking up the pure moon-pearl slope of snowfield toward the dark curtain of trees and stop just short of the woods. Warmed in the climb, I survey the pale landscape the few intrepid stars […]

WHEN I FINALLY SEE WHAT NINETEEN LOOKS LIKE by Brenda Nicholas

Photo credit: wikimedia commons 1 There are certain sounds I’ll never forget, like the depressed shuffle of my mom’s slippers on wood floors and words like “I told your dad you might not be his when you were two years old. We were driving in the car.” I was home from college, eager to see […]

Missing Stephen

Missing Stephen

Renowned novelist Stephen Dixon, who contributed to this journal, has died. I can’t tell you how much he will be missed. He’s why we are here. “Stephen Dixon, a prolific novelist and short-story writer whose humorous, freewheeling fiction traced the shocks and jolts of romance, aging and everyday life, in an experimental but plain-spoken style […]

College Admissions Scandal As 1930s Screwball Comedy

By J. Cavanaugh Simpson — Depression-era screwball comedies skewered the shallow upper classes with satirical glee. Similar plot lines—updated and adjusted for inflation—offer timely social sabotage of college and class in the unfolding aftermath of the College Admissions Scandal. A few storylines that are, criminally, mostly three-quarters true: Charming conman Rich Slinger—mastermind of madcap slacker student admission scheme—secretly records entitled […]

Contact Us & Submissions

Contact Us & Submissions

Welcome to 3QR! We’re preparing to publish our final issue, a print anthology highlighting the past several years of The Three Quarter Review. Due out in 2020. Our submission period is closed. We’ve considered a select number of new poetry or prose, to appear in print and our upcoming wrap-up online tribute to three-quarter true storytelling. The […]

3QR News

3QR News

Stay tuned for the print issue of 3QR: The Three Quarter Review in 2020. You’ll soon be able to hold it in your hands, and turn actual pages. Dedicated to inaugural author Stephen Dixon. …….. Our 3QR Contest issue marked the 300th anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe in 1719, a work which launched the […]

Staff

Staff

Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, Founding Editor, 3QR: The Three Quarter Review, is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars and Advanced Academic Programs, a nonfiction essayist, and the author of Literature on Deadline (Caldwell Publishing). Her literary essays have appeared in various journals, including The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, Connecticut Review, Urbanite, and Utne Reader, as […]

3QR DANIEL DEFOE CONTEST WINNERS / AUTHOR BIOS 2017-18

3QR DANIEL DEFOE CONTEST WINNERS / AUTHOR BIOS 2017-18

Our three winners of the 3QR Daniel Defoe Contest tapped into Defoe‘s eclectic heritage: political activist and economist; pioneer of the English novel; pamphleteer and political advisor; down-and-out debtor; modern myth-maker; and overall social rebel and rogue. These 21st century writers’ takes on Defoe’s life (1660-1731) are eclectic as well. See featured images and slide at the […]

ARM-IN-ARM by Nancy Lind

ARM-IN-ARM by Nancy Lind

DANIEL DEFOE CONTEST WINNER (“Poor Robin! Poor Robin Crusoe!” – the parrot in Defoe’s ROBINSON CRUSOE) When I read, much later, That the father of ROBINSON CRUSOE Died in Ropemaker’s Alley, hiding from creditors, I cried. I cried like the girl I was, at 8, who first met Robinson, And my heart leapt into my […]

LAST QUARTER MOON by Salvatore Difalco

LAST QUARTER MOON by Salvatore Difalco

Lately I’ve been getting dirty looks from people. Not just young people, though they are the worst offenders. Middle-aged people also shoot me dirty looks, and old people assume expressions of mild disgust. I wonder if it’s because I am a middle-aged white man. We’re disliked by many people these days, including members of our […]