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 June

June 14 is Flag Day: a patriotic commemoration. June 21 is the summer solstice: an observance of cosmic proportions. But on June 29, International Mud Day celebrates that humblest mixture of water and earth. Mud soils and stains. Mud oozes, erodes, and fertilizes. Mud makes excellent facials. We hope it inspires great fiction.

Prompt: write a 53-word story about mud

Our judge for June is Christopher Forrest, our newest member of the Press 53 editorial team. Chris has an MFA in Poetry from Queens University of Charlotte where he studied with former North Carolina Poet Laureate, and Press 53 author, Cathy Smith Bowers. The winner for June will receive a copy of Like Shining from Shook Foil: Selected Poems by Cathy Smith Bowers, 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.