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 53-Word Stories:

November 2017: "The Little Transient" by Lorri McDole (forthcoming, Issue 127, Jan 1, 2018)

October 2017: "Homecoming" by Noël Rozny (forthcoming, Issue 127, Jan 1, 2018)

September 2017: "The Shed Is Best" by Donna Kennedy (forthcoming, Issue 127, Jan 1, 2018)

August 2017: "Dance on My Grave" by Hannah Ambrose (Issue 113, Oct 1, 2017)

Read Past Winners: Sept 2015–July 2017


Your Prompt for December

The 53-Word Story Contest for December 2017

Boxing Day is the day after Christmas, and to most of us in the U.S. it is a day of mystery. Google it and you’ll see why we are confused. But one thing is certain: when someone is given a box, along with that box comes curiosity, anticipation, and maybe even some apprehension.

Write a 53-word story about a box

Our guest judge for December is Holly Iglesias, whose collection of prose poems, Sleeping Things, will be published by Press 53 in March 2017. Our winner for December will receive a signed copy of Holly’s book, 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.