Flash Fiction Contest

The 2021 George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest will be open for entries from May 1 through August 15, 2021.

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From May 1st to August 15th, 2021 we will accept entries of previously unpublished fiction under 1000 words in length (including title).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 2021.

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 match the title of your story. Do not include any identifying information within files or file names. Our judge will read all submissions blindly.

Introducing this year’s judge – Elizabeth Kerlikowske


Elizabeth Kerlikowske’s most recent book is Art Speaks: Paintings and Poetry (Kazoo Books, 2018) with painter Mary Hatch, an ekphrastic adventure! Other books by Kerlikowske include The Shape of Dad (a memoir in prose poems), Dominant Hand,  Last Hula (winner of the 2013 Standing Rock Chapbook Competition), Chain of Lakes, Her Bodies, Postcards, Before the Rain (a children’s book of stories and poems), and Suicide Notes.

Elizbeth has been publishing her poetry and fiction for more than 40 years in such journals and magazines as Encore, Cincinnati Review, Passager, and Poemeleon, among others. Her work is anthologized in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (White Pine Press, 2016), The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press, 2015), and the Michigan writers anthology published by Western Michigan University. She also creates visual art and has recently completed a series of four chairshonoring literary women from The Bluest Eye, The Scarlet Letter, The Wizard of Oz, and Jane Eyre.

Kerlikowske holds doctorate in English from Western Michigan University. An arts activist, she has served for many years as the president of the Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry and is completing her second term as president of the Poetry Society of Michigan. She retired from Kellogg Community College several years ago.