Week 5 Prompt: One Sentence
a one sentence story Write a one sentence story in 53 words. Use the word “ring” at least once. Guidelines and Information -53 words, no more, no less - titles are not included in the word count. -1 submission per person -Limit one prize per entrant per month -e-mail your submission directly to firstname.lastname@example.org -There is no name attached to your submission in the...
Valentine's Winner: Kyle Hemmings
Thornbirds They were exiles making love. Their hot bodies stopped weaving. Outside, dogs barked. She asked, weighing every word like a dead fish, if he loved her enough to say good-bye. He was in seminary school. She felt like old poison in God’s teacup. He blushed. His zipper became stuck. She cracked a smile.
Pokrompt 4: Valentine's Day Prompt
Use these 3 words as many times as you can in a 53 word story about…. love 1. hot 2. blush 3. dog Guidelines and Information -53 words, no more, no less - titles are not included in the word count. -1 submission per person -Limit one prize per entrant per month -e-mail your submission directly to email@example.com -There is no name attached to your submission in the final...
Prompt 3 Winner: Lucile Barker
Congratulations Lucile! The good morning kiss was a mistake. He felt her pull away, her face a blank wall. “Did you dream?” he asked, but she hadn’t slept. He felt the tension build through breakfast. The perfect girl, he had thought, when they had met and then the rest of it. But not this time. The Song: “A Kiss to Build a Dream On”
Pokrompt 3: Favorite Song Prompt
“Title of Favorite Song Prompt” In 53 words write a story using all the words in the title of one of your favorite songs. So if it’s “Hey Jude” .. use both “hey” and “Jude.” Please tell us the name of the song. Guidelines and Information -53 words, no more, no less - titles are not included in the word count -1 submission per person ...
Week 2 Winner: Frances Lefkowitz
Congratulations Frances! What Space is For “Saturn is the biggest planet on earth,” the girl says, and I know exactly what she means. Then we drink our juice, my thighs scraping the underside of the table made for her thighs. She has no mother and I have no daughter, so the agency puts us together. Planets fill holes.
Prompt 2: “Fact, Distortion, Fact, Distortion” Write a 53-word story with 2 factual sentences (i.e. something like: “Fifty-Three degrees and sunny that day” and “My car was red with four doors and a baby seat in back”…) AND two fabrications or strange perceptions (i.e. “Frogs croak only in Swedish”, “You came over but you were...
Pokrompt 1: Winners!
Thanks to everyone who submitted. We faced a few tough decisions and were really pleased with the submissions overall. Hopefully everyone who submitted will continue to do so. Without further ado, we have one winner and two runners-up (published here in no particular order). Congratulations to everyone! This week’s winner is Linda Simoni-Wastila! Her work appears below: Snow Job One...
Time out for a quick note! Due to technical difficulties, we’re going to go the simplest route. E-mail submissions to me, Rachel, at firstname.lastname@example.org We have received some submissions through the tumblr submit function, but some people have had problems. If you want to play it safe, you can resend yours to the e-mail address. Questions can be sent to the e-mail address or sent...
Pokrompt 1: A CONTEST!
“Sneaker” and “Blue” x 2 = 53! a prompt from Meg Pokrass Write a 53-word microfiction or poem in which the word “sneaker” is used once and the word “blue” is used twice. ————————— This is the very first of many a writing prompt/contest from P53 and Meg Pokrass! We are soliciting writing...
This excellent documentary short gives you a peek at the wild and full life of Shirley Deane, jazz accordionist and adventurer. We have Shirley Deane’s Memoir, An Unreasonable Woman, here at Press 53.
It will be a good year.
Come out to meet our writers and their rich work. Here are two events for January. More to come! Valerie Nieman : January 16 at 10:00 am at Bryan Park Greensboro, NC The Greensboro Newcomers Club will host a literary event followed by lunch. Valerie will be there with three other local authors to chat with newcomers to the area and sign copies of her book Blood Clay. Tara Masih :...
Season of Giving
Besides talking about what happens when wild turkeys, geese and roosters attack (a conversation brought on by This American Life’s Poultry Slam), we’ve been pretty busy around here. With the holiday season here, I’m proud to tell you about a few unique giving opportunities we have. This is our fifth season doing Books for Soldiers. From now until December 17 with any...
About Town - Upcoming events
Events from sea to shining sea! THIS WEDNESDAY December 7 from 5 - 9 p.m., Haverhill, MA Tara Masih, will be at the Local Authors’ Christmas Book Sale at the Haverhill Country Club with her breathtaking short story collection Where the Dog Star Never Glows. Doors open to Country Club members at 5 p.m. and to the public at 6 p.m. Other local authors present include Mary Ann Esposito,...
small press in the grand scheme
Great discussion on the Hayden’s Ferry Review blog: What’s the Role of Small Press?
It's an Ehle kind of Day
“A creek is an artery of a mountain, though its blood is not salty. The blood oozes through the ground; the water cleanses the body, permits the earth to breathe deep inside itself. You see, most all the water is inside the mountain, not bubbling and cascading and twirling here in sight in the creeks, it is coursing through the ground. It seeps through it and breathes into it, and in this...