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

 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for POETRY GUIDELINES

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the 2018 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry! Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

2018 Judge for Poetry: Terri Kirby Erickson, author of Becoming the Blue Heron and four other collections.

Submission period: January 1 – April 15, 2018

Winner and Finalists Announced: No later than July  1, 2018

Reading Fee: $15

Deadline: Midnight Eastern time, April 15, 2016

How to Enter the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry:

Submit one unpublished poem, no more than three pages, single-spaced in standard 12-pt. type. (Times New Roman, Garamond, etc). Make sure your name does not appear on the page with the poem. Poem must be written in English. Entries will only be accepted through Submittable.

Disclaimer:

Prime Number Magazine and Press 53 reserve the right to extend deadlines if deemed necessary. Multiple entries are accepted with a reading fee for each entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please remove work immediately if accepted elsewhere. Only unpublished works are eligible. Reading fees are non-refundable. Entries with author's name appearing anywhere on the manuscript will not be considered. No refunds will be made. Work withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. The winning entry must remain unpublished until it appears online in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 137 (Oct 1, 2018), otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winner and finalists will be sent to all entrants via email through Submittable, and posted in Prime Number Magazine, Facebook, and Twitter no later than July 1, 2018.

Prize:

First Prize: $1000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine

The poet names, locations, and titles of our finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine.

Judging: All work will be read blind, so poet's name should not appear on the page with the poem. The judge is asked to disqualify any entry that the judge recognizes, so please use your best judgment when submitting. If you know the judge in your category and believe he or she may recognize your work, you may want to reconsider submitting. The judge's complete bio can be found on the Prime Number Magazine website.

Eligibility: Contest is open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English. Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine editors and family members are not eligible. Authors who have published a book-length collection with Press 53 are not eligible. Writers whose work appears in anthologies published by Press 53 are eligible. The judge agrees to disqualify any work that, for whatever reason, he or she may recognize, so use your best judgment when submitting.

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

PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for SHORT FICTION GUIDELINES

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the 2018 Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction! Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

2017 Judge for Short Fiction: Clint McCown, author of The Weatherman and Haints.

Submission period: January 1 – April 15, 2018

Winners and Finalists Announced: No later than July  1, 2018

Reading Fee: $15

Deadline: Midnight Eastern time, April 15, 2016

How to Enter the Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction:

Submit one unpublished work of fiction from 53 to 5,300 words, double-spaced in standard 12-pt. type. (Times New Roman, etc). Make sure your name does not appear on the manuscript. The story must be written in English. Entries are only accepted through Submittable.

Disclaimer:

Prime Number Magazine and Press 53 reserve the right to extend deadlines if deemed necessary. Multiple entries are accepted with a reading fee for each entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please remove work immediately if accepted elsewhere. Only unpublished works are eligible. Reading fees are non-refundable. Entries with author's name appearing anywhere on the manuscript will not be considered. No refunds will be made. Work withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. The winning entry must remain unpublished until it appears online in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 137 (Oct 1, 2018), otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winners and finalists will be sent to all entrants via email through Submittable, and posted in Prime Number Magazine, Facebook, and Twitter no later than July 1, 2018.

Prizes:

First Prize: $1000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine.

The author name, location, and story title of our finalists will appear in Prime Number Magazine.

Judging: All entries will be read blind. The judge is asked to disqualify any entry that the judge recognizes, so please use your best judgment when submitting. If you know the judge and believe he or she may recognize your work, you may want to reconsider submitting. The judge's complete bio can be found on the Prime Number Magazine website.

Eligibility: Contest is open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English. Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine editors and family members are not eligible. Authors who have published a book-length collection with Press 53 are not eligible. Writers whose work appears in anthologies published by Press 53 are eligible. The judges agrees to disqualify any work that, for whatever reason, he or she may recognize, so use your best judgment when submitting.

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

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February 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: February 1, 2018

Deadline: February 28, 2018, midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Prize for the winner: $251 (a prime number) plus publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 131, April-June 2018

Reading fee: $7 (a prime number)

Entries will only be accepted through Submittable, your online submissions manager.

Final Judge: for February 2018 will be announced shortly  

Winner Announced: No later than April 1, 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.
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 137, July-September 2018

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry. Our guest judge will select three poems by three poets to be published in Issue 137, on July 1, 2018. 

Guest Poetry Editor: Terri Kirby Erickson, author of four Press 53 poetry collections, including most recently Becoming the Blue Heron

Submission period: January 1 – March 31, 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 137, July-September 1, 2018

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 131, July 1, 2018

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Jeffrey Condran, author of A Fingerprint Repeated (Press 53), and the novel Prague Summer (Counterpoint).

Submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2017, 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 5303 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.