53-Word Story Contest

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. Be sure to subscribe to our email updates for free. You’ll receive an email on the first day of each month with our winning story and the prompt for our next contest.

Open to writers around the world who write in English

Deadline for entries is the 21st day of each month

The winner is announced on the first day of each month along with our new prompt.

August’s Prompt:

“August is the Sunday of summer,” or so they say. One season ends, and another begins. Sunday is sabbath, to some: a day of rest and reflection for the week ahead. To others, it’s a day of worldly pleasures: sleeping late, taking a break from the nine-to-five grind. Of course, Monday always awaits…

Write a 53-word story about a Sunday

Contest Rules/Guidelines:

Our judges for the 53-Word Story Contest are the editors of Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine. Our winner for July will receive a copy of House of the Ancients and Other Stories by Clifford Garstang, co-founding editor of Prime Number Magazine, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this month. The winning story for July will be published, along with the author’s *photo and 53-word bio, in Issue 181 of Prime Number Magazine on October 1, 2020 (*we will request your photo and 53-word bio if your story is our winner, so be prepared!).

Please note: the deadline is the 21st day of the month. Stories received after the deadline will not be considered.

–Your story must be 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. Hyphenated words count as one word.

–1 submission per person. Since this is a free contest, there are no age restrictions.

–Email your submission directly to [email protected] by midnight Eastern Standard Time the 21st  day of the month. The winning story will be announced the first day of the following month along with a new prompt for the next contest.

–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. If your story is not titled, we will create a title for publication.

–By entering this contest the author grants Press 53 First Serial Rights to publish the story in Prime Number Magazine. All rights revert to the author upon publication.

–Note: Be careful of word count. Hyphenated words count as one word.

–Suggestion: Think of the prompt metaphorically, rather than literally. Be original. Surprise us! Oh, and have fun!

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