Press 53, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a publisher of award-winning poetry and short fiction collections, and was founded in October 2005.

We ignore market trends and publish writing we love.

We publish 6-8 poetry collections each year, including titles under our Tom Lombardo Poetry Selections, edited by Tom Lombardo; our Silver Concho Poetry Series, edited by Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root; plus the winner of our annual Press 53 Award for Poetry.

We publish 4-5 short fiction collections each year by widely published and award-winning authors. One collection is published by way of our Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, while the remaining story collections come to us by actively seeking out writers we find in journals and magazines, and who are winning other contests, including the Prime Number Magazine Awards (formerly the Press 53 Open Awards).

Prime Number Magazine is our quarterly online journal of distinctive poetry and prose from writers at all levels and tastes. Publishing in journals, magazines, and anthologies is a great way to build your bio, build readership, and meet other writers and editors who will later become your support team.

And check out our free monthly 53-Word Story Contest sponsored by Prime Number Magazine.

We encourage you to visit our website at www.Press53.com and sample our books. This helps support our press and our authors. Also find us on Facebook and give us a 'Like."

Best regards,

Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher

Award includes:
Publication by Press 53 of the winning poetry collection as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection
$1,500 cash advance

The Press 53 Award for Poetry is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States or one of its territories.

Dates for submission: April 1, 2018—July 31, 2018. Submissions will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on July 31. (Note: Deadline can be extended at the discretion of Press 53.)

Winner and Finalists announced: The winner of the Press 53 Award for Poetry will be announced on or before November 1, 2018, on the Press 53 website, and via email, Facebook, Twitter, and by email through Submittable. We will also include a list of finalists.

Award: The author of the winning manuscript will receive a cash advance of $1,500, publication of the manuscript in April 2019 as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection under a standard Press 53 book contract, and 10 copies of the completed book with an option to purchase unlimited copies at a discount for as long as the book is in print. Advance awarded upon publication.

How to submit: Enter here using Submittable.

Reading fee: A reading fee of $30 must be paid for each entry. Reading fees are nonrefundable.

Judging: Press 53 Poetry Series Editor Tom Lombardo will be the only judge for the contest; the contest will be judged solely on the strength of the poems as a collection.

Eligibility: The competition is open to manuscripts written in the English language from writers at all levels who live in the United States or one its territories. Note: Authors and editors who work for Press 53 or have published a book with Press 53 are not eligible to enter.

Manuscript Guidelines:
1. Manuscripts should be approximately 60 to 120 pages in length. We do not favor one length over the other. We are only concerned with the quality of the manuscript.
2. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript.
3. Manuscript pages should be numbered.
4. Include a table of contents; an acknowledgments page is not necessary.
5. Use a standard, easy-to-read font such as 11- or 12-point Times New Roman, Garamond, etc.
6. Poems previously published in journals, magazines or anthologies, and poems that have won awards, may (and should) be included in the manuscript. Poems from chapbooks are fine, but please use only a reasonable number of poems.
7. Previously published collections are not eligible, including self-published collections available as ebooks or in print.
8. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration. Each submission will require a separate reading fee.
9. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher. Withdrawal can be completed via Submittable. Reading fees are not refundable.
10. Confirmation of receipt will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our shortlist and winner will be sent to all entrants via email through Submittable, and posted on the Press 53 website, blog, Facebook and Twitter on the dates indicated above.

If you have any questions or concerns other than technical issues with the submissions manager, please contact editor@press53.com


 

 

 

July 2018 Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest, a Monthly Competition
Prime Number Magazine’s monthly flash fiction contest that can earn you a cash prize plus publication in Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 Publication).
Open: July 1, 2018
Deadline: July 31, 2018, midnight Eastern Standard Time.
Prize for the winner: $251 (a prime number) plus publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 139, October-December 2018
Reading fee: $7 (a prime number)
 Entries will only be accepted through Submittable, your online submissions manager.
Final Judge: for July 2018 is the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine editorial staff
Winner Announced: No later than August 31, 2018 (probably earlier)
Guidelines:
 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 on a cover sheet separate from the story.
 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.
 Cash prize awarded upon publication.
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Prime Number Magazine is granted First Serial Rights. All 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 winner will be sent to all entrants via email through Submittable, and posted on Facebook and Twitter.

POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE, Issue 149, January-March 2019

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry. Our guest judge will select three to four poems by different poets to be published in Issue 149, on January 1, 2019. 

Guest Poetry Editor: Howard Faerstein, author of Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn and the forthcoming Googootz and Other Poems (Fall 2018)

Submission period: July 1 – September 30, 2018

Reporting Time: Poets will receive an acceptance or rejection no later than one month prior to publication date. Submissions will open every quarter with a new guest editor. Poets are encouraged to submit again during the open submission periods. Please limit your submissions to one poem per submission period.

Reading Fee: None

Submit one unpublished poem, no more than three pages, written in English in a standard 12-pt. font (Times, Garamond, etc) in whatever style you wish to see the poem presented to readers. Please limit your submission to one poem per submission period.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please withdraw work immediately through Submittable if accepted elsewhere. Only unpublished works will be considered. 

Eligibility: Submissions are open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English.

Rights: Prime Number Magazine will be granted First Serial Rights, including the right to permanently archive the accepted poem. After the work is published, all rights revert back to the author.

Payment: Writers living in the United States will receive a free copy of the guest judge's book from Press 53. Writers living outside the United States receive no compensation other than publication.

Questions/Comments should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief, at Kevin@Press53.com.

SHORT FICTION SUBMISSIONS FOR PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE, Issue 149, January-March 2019

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for short fiction. Our guest judge will select three stories by three writers for publication in Issue 149, January 1, 2019

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Virginia Pye, author of two award-winning novels and  Shelf Life of Happiness, coming from Press 53 in October 2018.

Submission period: July 1 – September 30, 2018, Eastern Standard Time

Reporting Time: Writers will receive an acceptance or rejection no later than one month prior to publication date. Submissions will open every quarter with a new guest editor. Writers are encouraged to submit again during the open submission periods. Please limit your submissions to one story per submission period.

Reading Fee: None

Submit one unpublished story, no more than 5000 words, written in English and double spaced in a standard 12-pt. font (Times, Garamond, etc). Please limit your submissions to one story per submission period.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please withdraw work immediately through Submittable if accepted elsewhere. Only unpublished works will be considered. 

Eligibility: Submissions are open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English.

Rights: Prime Number Magazine will be granted First Serial Rights, including the right to permanently archive the published story. After the work is published, all rights revert back to the author.

Payment: Writers living in the United States will receive a free copy of the guest judge's book from Press 53. Writers living outside the United States receive no compensation other than publication.

Questions/Comments should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief, at Kevin@Press53.com.

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