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 8-10 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 3-4 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 and Editor in Chief

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions of short fiction to be published in Issue 239 on May 1, 2023

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Dennis McFadden, author of Jimtown Road: A Novel in Stories, winner of the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Submission period: October 1 – November 30, 2022 midnight Eastern time

Publication Date: May 1, 2023

Reporting Time: We will do our best to notify writers of acceptance or rejection no more than two months prior to publication date. Submissions will be open the first two months of every quadrimester (four months) 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

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please withdraw work immediately if accepted elsewhere. You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper-right corner of your submission. Only original, unpublished works will be considered.

Submit ONE unpublished story of up to 5,300 words (please include word count), double spaced, numbered pages, written in English in a standard 12-pt. font (Times, Garamond, etc). Please limit your submission to one story per submission period.

Please Note: Due to the high volume of submissions, we now have a two-month submission period for each issue to give our guest editors more time to make their selections. Sorry, no exceptions.

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

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

Payment: Writers living in the United States, UK, and Australia will receive a free copy of the guest judge's book from Press 53. Writers living outside these countries receive no compensation other than publication. (Our printer has facilities in the US, UK, and AU, which allows us to print and ship from those locations. Due to high shipping charges outside those countries, we have to establish these limits.)

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

POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE, Issue 239 Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry to be published in Issue 233, on January 1, 2023 

Guest Poetry Editor: Cheryl Wilder, author of Anything That Happens 

Submission period: October 1 – November 30, 2022 midnight Eastern time. Please Note: Due to the high volume of submissions, we now have a two-month submission period for each issue to give our guest editors more time to make their selections. Sorry, no exceptions. 

Publication Date: May 1, 2023 

Reporting Time: We will do our best to make sure poets receive an acceptance or rejection two months prior to publication date. Submissions will be open the first two months of every quadrimester (four months) with a new guest editor. Poets are encouraged to submit again during the open submission periods. 

Reading Fee: None Submit ONE unpublished poem of up to three pages, written in English in a standard font (Times, Garamond, etc.) in whatever style you wish to see the poem presented to readers. Please limit your submission to ONE poem. Guest editors are instructed to read only the first poem if more than one poem is submitted. Note: Since we allow for simultaneous submissions, our one-poem submission rule eliminates confusion if a poem in a multi-poem submission is accepted elsewhere. This saves us a lot of time and grief. We hope you understand. 

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please withdraw work immediately if accepted elsewhere. You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper-right corner of your submission. Only original, 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 Worldwide Serial Rights, including the right to permanently archive the poem in Prime Number Magazine. After the work is published, all other rights revert to the author. 

Payment: Writers living in the United States, UK, and Australia will receive a free copy of the guest editor's poetry book from Press 53. Writers living outside these countries receive no compensation other than publication (Our printer has facilities in the US, UK, and AU, which allows us to print and ship from those locations. Due to high shipping charges outside those countries, we have to establish these limits.) 

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

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished short story collection. This competition is open to any writer 18 years of age and older, regardless of his/her/their publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States or one of its territories.

Award: The winner of this competition will receive publication by Press 53, a $1,000 cash advance and fifty copies of the book (35 softcover and 15 hardcover). All prizes will be awarded upon publication. ​

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

Dates for entry: Enter September 1 through December 31, 2022 ​

Announcement of winner: The winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will be announced no later than May 1, 2023 to all entrants by way of Submittable and on the Press 53 website, Facebook, Twitter, and via email to our subscribers. A list of finalists will also be announced at that time. ​

Confirmation of entry: Confirmation of receipt of your entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. ​

Multiple submissions: Writers may submit multiple story collections. A separate entry and reading fee is required for each collection. ​

Judging: Claire V. Foxx, Press 53 Short Fiction Editor, will be the only judge for the competition; the story collections will be read “blind” and judged solely on the strength of the stories as a collection. The winning collection will be published by Press 53. The judge’s decision is final. Please note: due to the volume of entries, feedback or critique on individual stories or the collection is not possible. ​

Eligibility: The competition is open to manuscripts written in the English language from writers 18 years of age and older, regardless of their publishing history, who live in the United States or one of its territories. Previously published stories may be (and probably should be) included in the collection. ​

Ineligibility: Previously published story collections, including self-published collections available in print or as an ebook, are not eligible. Individuals who work for Press 53 or have published a book of their stories or poems with Press 53 are not eligible to enter. ​

Story Collection Guidelines (please read carefully):
1. Manuscripts should contain a collection of short stories, which can include flash fiction, and may include one, and only one, novella (a story of 12,000 to 25,000 words is our definition of a novella).
2. Manuscript should have a table of contents with page numbers. The stories should be double-spaced with pages numbered and set in a standard 12-point font (such as Times New Roman, Minion, Garamond, etc.).
3. Manuscript should be around 100 to no more than 250 pages in length. We do not favor one length over the other. We are only concerned with the quality of every story in the collection.
4. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. We will find your contact information through Submittable.
5. An acknowledgments page for previous publications of stories in the collection may be included but is not necessary.

​Any questions or concerns, other than technical issues with the submissions manager, please contact Editor@Press53.com

Submissions for the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will open September 1, 2022 and will close at midnight Eastern Time on December 31, 2022. Press 53 reserves the right to extend the deadline.

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