Flash Fiction Contest

The 2020 George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest
is open for entries from May 1 through August 15, 2020. (Now Closed)

Three Winning Stories will be awarded $100 each!

2020 Contest Winners Announced

These winning stories are all so good, in different ways, and I can tell the writers put a lot of work, love, talent and craft into them. Judging is subjective but I wish it wasn’t. The difference between a winner and a non-winner was sometimes slight. I know that when the editors or judges of contests I’ve entered say “there were so many excellent entries, it was hard to choose,” that they aren’t just saying that to be nice. I feel very much the same.

Here are the winners:
Concession Girl by Diana Spechler
Handling This by Susan Rodgers
The Last Love Song of Johnny Mascerone by Gordon Brown

Three additional authors worthy of Honorable Mention: Alan Sincic, Nancy Quinn & Julie Gard.

– Lisa Lenzo, Contest Judge.

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 Third 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From May 1st to August 15th, 2020 we will accept entries of previously unpublished fiction under 1000 words in length (including title).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.

Formatting your story entry is easy. We want submissions in size 12 Times New Roman font, single 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 contest judge, Lisa Lenzo

LisaLenzoLisa Lenzo is the author of three books of short fiction. Unblinking, her 2019 collection of Detroit stories, and Strange Love, a novel-in-stories and the recipient of a Michigan Notable Book Award for 2015, were both published through Wayne State University Press’s Made In Michigan Writers Series. Lenzo’s first story collection, Within the Lighted City, won the 1997 John Simmons Short Fiction Award and was published by University of Iowa Press. Lenzo has also received a Hemingway Days Festival Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and she won First Place for Fiction in the 2017 Literature + Medicine Writing Contest. Her stories have appeared in Arts & LettersMichigan Quarterly Review, Third Coast, New England ReviewThe Mississippi Review Prize Issue, Sacred Ground: Stories About Home, and on NPR. A graduate of the MFA program at Western Michigan University, Lisa grew up in Detroit and now lives with her husband near Lake Michigan.