The Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest
Please Note a Change: Beginning January 1, 2019, the Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest will become a quarterly competition. Since July 2017, we have been awarding outstanding authors of very short stories with a monthly contest. In these many months, the margins separating the winners have grown increasingly thin, and with a single monthly winner we have at times been forced to pass on pieces deserving of recognition. Transitioning to a quarterly submission period with multiple prize winners will allow us to reward the highest quality stories with a fairer model of competition for our authors.
We will maintain our low $7 (a prime number) reading fee per submission, with new prize payouts as follows:
First Prize: $353 (a prime number) and publication
Second Prize: $151 (a prime number) and publication
Third Prize: $53 (a prime number dear to us) and publication
Winners will be announced no later than one month following the close of submissions and their stories will appear in the next quarterly issue of Prime number Magazine.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to reading your stories.
Prime Number Magazine’s flash fiction contest can earn you a cash prize plus publication in Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 Publication).
Open: January 1, 2019
Deadline: March 31, 2019, midnight Eastern Standard Time.
First Prize $353 (a prime number)
Second Prize $151 (a prime number)
Third Prize $53 (a prime number)
plus publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 159, July-September 2019
Reading fee: $7 (a prime number)
Entries will only be accepted through Submittable, your online submissions manager.
Final Judge: the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine editorial staff
Winner Announced: No later than May 1, 2019
How to Enter:
Submit one unpublished story that is no more than 751 words, double-spaced in 12-pt. type with numbered pages. Multiple entries require separate reading fees.
Reading fee is $7 per entry and is nonrefundable.
The judging process is “blind,” so author’s name should not appear anywhere on or in the story.
Writer will be prompted by Submittable to give name, bio, and contact information so no cover letter is necessary.
Open to any writer anywhere in the world whose entry is unpublished and written in English.
Authors who have published a book with Press 53 are not eligible to enter.
Entries will only be accepted through Submittable, your online submissions manager. Requests to open your entry for editing via Submittable cannot be accepted after the deadline.
Writer is asked to withdraw the submission through Submittable should it be accepted for publication elsewhere. If entry is withdrawn, reading fee is nonrefundable and entry cannot be replaced with another piece.
The winning story must remain unpublished until it appears in Prime Number Magazine, otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited. All rights revert back to author upon publication.
Cash prize awarded upon publication.
Prime Number Magazine is granted First Serial Rights with the right to archive the story indefinitely. All other rights revert back to author upon publication.
Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission.
An announcement of our winners will be sent to all entrants via email through Submittable, and posted on Facebook, Twitter and in Prime Number Magazine.