53-word Story Contest with Prime Number Magazine Returns!

school busLast year, Prime Number’s publisher, Press 53, ran a fun little weekly contest for very short fictions–53 words, no more, no less (not counting the title). The Press selected a guest judge every week and awarded prizes to the winners. Plus, as editor of Prime Number I picked from among the quarter’s weekly winners and picked a quarterly winner to publish in the magazine.

The contest took the summer off, but now it’s back, with a few changes. We’ll still have guest judges, but now the contest is monthly. The judge will provide a prompt, which will be posted on the first of the month at the Press 53 blog and on Prime Number’s Facebook Page, and elsewhere. Entries are due by the 15th of the month, and the winner will be announced on the last day of the month. All monthly winners will receive a book from Press 53 as a prize and will also be published in Prime Number (we’ll bundle the 3 winners and put them in our quarterly online issues).

So. It’s the first of the month, and our September judge is Patricia Ann McNair, who wants you to write a story involving a school bus. (It’s that time of year, after all.)

Check out the guidelines here. (You can either email your story to 53wordstory@press53.com, or you can use the nifty app that counts the words for you.)

It’s free to enter, and it’s fun.

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