Flash Fiction Contest

The 2023 George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest will be open for entries from May 1 through August 15, 2023.


Three winning stories will be awarded $100 each!

GeorgeDila1The editors of Third Wednesday are pleased to honor the memory of George Dila, friend of Third Wednesday and the editor who originally brought fiction to 3W.

We are proud to have called him friend and colleague. To this end, we proudly announce the Fourth Annual George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest.

The entry fee of $6 per story is payable via credit card or by Pay Pal through Submittable at the time of your submission. You may enter multiple stories but include only one story per entry.

From May 1st to August 15th, 2023 we will accept entries of previously unpublished fiction under one thousand words in length (including title). Three winning stories will receive cash prizes of $100 each and a print copy of the contest issue due to be published in September of 2023.

Formatting your story entry is easy. We want submissions in size 12 Times New Roman font, double spaced with one-inch margins all around. Save your document in .doc or .docx format and upload it where prompted by our Submittable account. You can name files whatever is convenient for you, but the submission title should include the title of your story. Do not include any identifying information within files or file names. Our judge will read all submissions blindly.

Introducing our contest judge, John F. Buckley

aaJohnBuckleyJohn F. Buckley is the author of five books of poetry, including two collaborations. He holds graduate degrees in creative writing and English literature from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan and San Francisco State University.  John lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife Raquel, where he teaches writing at the University of Michigan. His author website is https://johnfbuckley.net/