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!

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Your Prompt for April

April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate language, our senses and sensibilities, our ability to communicate ideas and emotions in a peaceful way. A poem can be found, experience, lived, or witnessed in all manner of ways. Poets look at the obvious and make us see it in an unexpected way.

Prompt: write a 53-word story about a poem

Our judge for April is Liz Prato, author of Baby’s On Fire, runner–up for the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. The winner for April will receive a copy of Liz’s collection, and the winning story will be published, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio, in Issue 137 of Prime Number Magazine on July 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.