Winners of the 2020 George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest 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 byDiana Spechler
Handling This by Susan Rodgers
The Last Love Song of Johnny Mascerone by Gordon Brown

Four additional authors worthy of Honorable Mention: Damon Macias Moreno, Alan Sincic, Nancy Quinn & Julie Gard.

– Lisa Lenzo, Contest Judge.

I Am Not / the Woman I Was / In That House

3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week is a prize winner from our spring issue’s annual poetry contest. Elizabeth Wolf won one of three $100 awards for this “Haibun”, which she says was her first attempt at this prosometric form that originated in Japan. Each of the stazas is expanded by the Senryū at its conclusion.

Excavation / Jen Ashburn

3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week is a preview from our summer issue due out near the end of June. Poet, Jen Ashburn, won our 50/50 poetry contest with this entry. We’re accepting submissions for the fall issue now. Copies of print issues of the magazine can be purchaced at Amazon.

Driving My Daughter to School – Sarah Russell

Sarah Russell’s poem was an entry and $100 winner in 3rd Wednesday’s recent One Sentence Poetry Contest. When we wrote to notify her, we told her that her’s was one of the worst run-on sentences we’ve ever seen, but that it served this prose poem perfectly.

Official Business – Ted Kooser

Though he didn’t intend it for our recent One Sentence Poetry contest, 13th Poet Laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser, sent us this example of what a poet can do with a single sentence.  Our 4th One Sentence Poetry Contest opens for entries on August 15th. Click anywhere on Mr. Kooser’s poem for details.
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Objects in the Mirror

Our “Poem of the Week” is a preview of the summer issue of 3rd Wednesday, now at the printer.  It’s one of three winning poems from the 3rd edition of our popular “One Sentence Poetry Contest”.  It’s the second win for Michigan poet, Jane Wheeler, who can pack a lot of story into a single sentence.

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