This Week's Prompt

Submission Rules & Guidelines

Prime Number Magazine 53-Word Story Contest

Guidelines and Information

- On the first day of each month, a guest judge will offer a prompt to which you are asked to write a 53-word story. The prompt is announced on the Contest page of this app, and also on the Press 53 Blog and at Prime Number Magazine.

- Your story must be 53 words--no more, no less--titles are not included in the word count.

- 1 submission per person per month.

- Write and submit your 53-word story by clicking on the Write Your Story tab above (word count is tracked automatically), or email your submission directly to by the last day of the month.

- The winner will be announced on the 14th day of the following month. The winner receives the Press 53 poetry or short story collection of his or her choice.

- All winning 53-word stories will be published in Prime Number Magazine. Press 53's award-winning online literary journal, and will be considered for publication in the Prime Number Magazine Editors' Selections print annual.

- The 53 Word Story Android app is now available for download from Google Play.

Submission Form