53-Word Story Contest

It's free, it's fun, and the winner gets published here and receives a free book from Press 53

(Winning stories appear here one week following the end of the contest month)

Your Prompt for October

October is a month of harvest. A month of strange possibilities, magic hitchhiking on the breezes. One last hustle before the ragged rains of November. These are the final sessions on the porch. October is the last stroke of optimism before inevitable rest. A time to raise the dead before interring them again.

Write a 53-word story about bringing something in

Our guest judge for October is Stephanie Carpenter, winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction for her debut short story collection, Missing Persons. Our winner for October will receive a copy of Stephanie’s book plus publication of the winning 53-word story, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio in Prime Number Magazine.


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.