53-Word Story Contest

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

Read Our Winning Stories

Please note: we have a new email for entries: 53wordstory@gmail.com

Your Prompt for October

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It’s hard to know what to believe these days. October can be particularly difficult to navigate. Is that the real Princess Elsa knocking on your door? Are baseball playoffs really steered by unwashed socks and unshaved beards? Good luck with election ads. And if you’d believe it, October 13th is International Skeptic’s Day.

Write a 53-word story about doubt

Our judge for September is Ann Herlong-Bodman, author of the poetry collection Loose in Far-away Places. Our winner for October will receive a copy of Ann’s collection, and the winning story will be published, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio, in Issue 149 of Prime Number Magazine on January 1, 2019.

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. Send only stories; poetry with line breaks will not be considered.

–1 submission per person.

–Email your submission directly to 53wordstory@gmail.com by midnight Eastern Standard Time 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 the next issue of Prime Number Magazine, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio.

–No attachments, please. Paste your story into the body of your email so we can more easily copy and paste. Stories sent as attachments, or images embedded in the email, will not be considered.

–Titles are not included in the word count. Please title your story as follows: Title of Your Story by Your Name. If your story is Untitled, please use Untitled as your title. This will save us a lot of time. Thank you.

–Be careful of word count. If you use ellipsis… or em-dashes— make sure these are not being counted as words.

–All rights revert back to the author upon publication.