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

Deadline for entries is the 21st day of each month.

Winner will be announce on the first day of each month along with our new prompt.

Email your 53-word story to 53wordstory@gmail.com

Your Prompt for March


“Beware the ides of March,” a prophet told Julius Caesar, foretelling the emperor’s death mid-month. Good advice—but Caesar didn’t listen. In hindsight, it’s easy to say how things should’ve happened, whether two thousand years or two hours ago, whether in Rome or anywhere disaster strikes. But you don’t always get a fair warning.

Write a 53-word story about a warning.                                

Our judge for March is the editorial staff of Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine. Our winner for March will receive a copy of Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories by Grant Faulkner, and the winning story will be published, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio, in Issue 157 of Prime Number Magazine on July 1, 2019.
Guidelines and Information:

Please note:
Due to the growing popularity of this free contest, we are changing the monthly deadline to better help us manage the workload. We want to keep this contest free and fun, so please note the new deadline in our guidelines below. Thank you!

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.

Deadline for entry is the 21st day of each month. Stories sent after the 21st will not be considered. Changing the deadline to the 21st will also allow us to announce our winners on the first day of each month at the same time we offer our prompt for the new contest.

Email your submission directly to 53wordstory@gmail.com. The winning story will be announced the first 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. 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. Hyphenated words count as one word.
All rights revert back to the author upon publication.