Flash Fiction Contest

The 2022 George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest will be open for entries from May 1 through August 15, 2022.

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From May 1st to August 15th, 2022 we will accept entries of previously unpublished fiction under one thousand words in length (including title).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 2022.

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 this year’s judge – Ron Koertge

ronkoertgeRon Koertge began publishing poetry in the 1960’s and has published more than twenty books of poetry. His poems continue to appear in independent poetry journals. His recent books include Yellow Moving Van (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), Olympusville (Red Hen Press, 2018), and Vampire Planet (Red Hen Press, 2016) and a collection of flash fiction, Sex WorldRonKoertgeSexWorld_ (Red Hen Press, 2014).

In 2018 a film based on Ron’s flash piece, “Negative Space,” (from Sex World) created by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Animated Short Film.

Ron was a faculty member for more than 35 years at Pasadena City College. He also taught in the MFA Writing for Children & Young Adults program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ron is the author of many celebrated novels for young adults, including Coaltown JesusStoner & Spazand Shakespeare Bats Cleanup.

Ron and his wife live in Pasadena, California, in a house featured in Halloween, one of the most iconic horror films of all time.

Mr. Koertge’s author website can be found at: https://ronkoertge.com/