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

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Your Prompt for August

National Lemon Juice Day is August 29. We’ll drink to that—make it a tall glass of fresh-squeezed, sweet-and-sour lemonade. But if you’ve ever had a sour mood, seen a sour face, heard a sour note, or misread the expiration date on a carton of milk, you know not everything sour is so refreshing.

Write a 53-word story about something sour

Our judge for August is Gerry Wilson, author of Crosscurrents and Other Stories. The winner for August will receive a copy of Gerry’s collection, and the winning story will be published, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio, in Issue 139 of Prime Number Magazine on October 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. Send only stories; 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 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.