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 5-6 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

The Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest (must be 18 years of age or older to enter)
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 the winning stories will appear in the next quarterly issue of Prime Number Magazine. Prizes awarded upon publication.
  Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to reading your stories.  
Guidelines:
Prime Number Magazine’s flash fiction contest can earn you a cash prize plus publication in Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 Publication). Writers must be 18 years of age of older to enter.
Open: October 1, 2019
Deadline: December 31, 2019, midnight Eastern Standard Time.
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 February 1, 2020
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 and who is at least 18 years old.
          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.
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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.

POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE, Issue 173, April–June 2020
Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry to be published in Issue 173, on April 1, 2020.
Guest Poetry Editor: Michael Beadle, author of Beasts of Eden.
Submission period: October 1 – December 31, 2019 midnight Eastern time.
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 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. Guest editors have been 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 through Submittable if accepted elsewhere.  You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper right corner of your submission. 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.

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions of short fiction to be published in Issue 173, on April 1, 2020.
Guest Short Fiction Editor: Clifford Garstang, co-founding editor of Prime Number Magazine and author of the Library of Virginia Award-winning What the Zhang Boys Know, as well as the award-winning In an Uncharted Country. Clifford is also editor of the award-winning, three-volume anthology series Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet.
Submission period: October 1 – December 30, 2019 midnight Eastern 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 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.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please withdraw work immediately through Submittable if accepted elsewhere. You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper right corner of your submission. 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 work. 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.

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished short story collection. 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.


Award:
The winner of this contest will receive publication by Press 53, a $1,000 cash advance and fifty copies of the book; 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 submission:
Enter September 1 through December 31, 2019

Announcement of winner:
The winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will be announced no later than May 1, 2020 to all entrants by way of Submittable email 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 manuscripts. A separate reading fee is required for each entry.

Judging:
Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Press 53, will be the only judge for the competition; the manuscripts will be judged in a blind read solely on the strength of the stories as a collection, and the winning collection will be published by Press 53. The judge’s decision is final. Please note: due to the volume of entries, individual manuscript feedback or critique is not possible.

Eligibility:
The competition is open to manuscripts written in the English language from writers 18 and older, regardless of 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 manuscript.

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

Manuscript 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. Total page count should be around 100 to no more than 250 pages in length, double-spaced in a standard 12-point font, such as Times New Roman, Garamond, etc. We do not favor one length over the other. We are only concerned with the quality of every story in the collection.
2. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. We will find your contact information after the winner has been selected via Submittable.
3. Manuscript pages should be numbered.
4. Include a table of contents with page numbers.
5. An acknowledgments page 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, 2019 and will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2019. Press 53 reserves the right to extend the deadline. 

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