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Saturday, December 14, 2019

53-Word Story Contest

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It's free, it's fun, and the winner gets published in Prime Number Magazine and receives a free book from Press 53.

Open for entries the first day of each month.

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

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

Email your 53-word story to

Your 53-Word Story Prompt for November

Every four years in the U.S., the first Tuesday in November is Election Day. Citizens weigh their options, form their opinions, and cast their votes: Right or Left? For or against? The decision is never unanimous. But that’s the name of the game: the will of (most of) the people. Survey says...

Write a 53-word story about a majority

Our judges for the 53-Word Story Contest are the editors of Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine. Our winner for November will receive a copy of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy J. Fox, winner of the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Entries are open now for entries for the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.

The winning story for November will be published, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio, in Issue 167 of Prime Number Magazine on January 1, 2020.

Please note: the deadline is the 21st day of each month.

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 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 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.

–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. If you are using Microsoft Word's word-count feature, do not use spaces before ellipses or em-dashes, but do include a space after.

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