53-Word Story Contest

It's free, it's fun, and the winner gets published in the next issue of Prime Number Magazine and receives a free book from Press 53

Read our winning stories!


Your Prompt for February

Shadows are the things of myth and legend, sunny days and campfires. February is the time when that cuddly groundhog Punxsutawney Phil comes out of hiding to tell us if spring will be here soon or, if he sees his shadow, we can expect six more weeks of winter. And shadows have stories.
Write a 53-word story about a shadow
Our judge for February is someone who shadowed us last fall and will shadow us again this winter and spring: University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking senior Garrett Kim. Garrett has proven to be a fantastic reader, editor, and all-around nice guy. Our winner for February will receive a copy of whatever Pres 53 book Garrett selects, plus the winning story will be published, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio, in Issue 131 of Prime Number Magazine on April 1, 2018.

Guidelines and Information:

–53 words—no more, no less—titles are not included in the word count. Stories not meeting this rule will be disqualified. Please note that hyphenated words count as one word. Send only stories or prose poems; poetry with line breaks will not be considered.

–1 submission per person.

–Email your submission directly to 53wordstory@primenumbermagazine.com by midnight Eastern Standard Time on the last day of the month. The winning story will be announced by the 7th day of the following month and will be published in Prime Number Magazine.

–No attachments, please. Paste your story into the body of your email.

–Please title your story as follows: Title of Your Story by Your Name. If story is Untitled, please use Untitled as your title. This will save us a lot of time. Thank you.

–Be careful of word count. Hyphenated words count as one word, so do not add a space on either side of hyphen.

–All rights revert back to the author upon publication.

Submissions to Prime Number Magazine

Prime Number Magazine is also accepting general submissions for poetry and short fiction for future issues. To get all the details, click on SUBMIT in the menu bar to the far left.