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

Call for submissions!

Following the success of Everywhere Stories Volumes I & II, we are now preparing Volume III for publication in the Fall of 2018.

Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Edited by Clifford Garstang, published by Press 53) is an anthology of short fiction (short stories of any length, short shorts, and flash) set around the globe, including the United States. Volumes I & II both consisted of 20 stories by 20 authors set in 20 countries with Volume II not duplicating any countries in Volume I.

Volume III will consist of around 20 fictions with each story set in a country that has not appeared in Volumes I & II (except for the US, where we will not duplicate a state). Included stories will be a mix of previously published and new work. Each contributor will be entitled to a contributor copy and author discounts on additional copies.

Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2017

Writers may submit more than one story.

What Countries? We will not be repeating the following countries (or states in the USA) from the following continents from Volumes I & II. 

Africa

  • Central African Republic
  • Congo
  • Egypt
  • Kenya
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Sierra Leone
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

The Americas

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • United States: Louisiana
  • United States: Illinois

Antarctica

ASIA

  • China
  • India
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lebanon
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Turkey

Europe

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Poland

Oceania

  • New Zealand
  • Samoa

Again, we are looking for stories set in countries other than the ones listed above.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT STORIES FOR COUNTRIES THAT WE HAVE ALREADY PUBLISHED. 

Rights and Terms: Author verifies that the story submitted is original and is not prohibited from publication by Press 53 by any previous publishing agreement. If accepted, the story shall remain in print with Press 53 until the anthology is out-of-print. Author will grant Press 53 non-exclusive world-wide publishing rights in exchange for one copy of the completed anthology. Additional copies may be purchased at a discount for as long as the anthology is in print.

Format: Please use 12-pt Time New Roman or similar font, double-spaced. Stories may be any length. Please note on the cover letter your name, contact information, word count, and in what country your story takes place.

Simultaneous Submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately once your story is accepted elsewhere. We plan to notify everyone no later than March 31, 2018. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2018.

Questions should be addressed to the editor, Clifford Garstang, at cliff.garstang@gmail.com.

OCTOBER 2017 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: October 1, 2017

Deadline: October 31, 2017, midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Prize for the winner: $251 (a prime number) plus publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 127, January-March 2018

Reading fee: $7 (a prime number)

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

Final Judge: for September 2017, Jeffrey Condran, author of A Fingerprint Repeated and Prague Summer

Winner Announced: No later than December 1, 2017 (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 127, April-June 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 131, on April 1, 2018. 

Guest Poetry Editor: Yahya Frederickson, author of In a Homeland Not Far: New & Selected Poems (Silver Concho Poetry Series published by Press 53).

Submission period: October 1 – December 31, 2017

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 131, April 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, April 1, 2018

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Ray Morrison, author of In a World of Small Truths (Press 53)

Submission period: October 1 – December 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.

Ends on January 1, 2018$30.00
$30.00
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 $1,500 cash advance and ten 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: 
September 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017. Submissions will close at midnight Eastern time.(We are leaving Submittable entries open through January 1 as a courtesy to writers living outside the Eastern Time Zone.)
Announcement of winner:
The winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will be announced no later than May 1, 2018, 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 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 book with Press 53 are not eligible to enter.
Manuscript Guidelines (please read carefully):
1. Manuscripts should contain a collection of short stories, including flash fiction, and may include one, and only one, novella. Total page count should be between 100 pages and 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 the stories.
2. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript; the title of the manuscript and author's contact information should be on a separate cover sheet.
3. Manuscript pages should be numbered.
4. Include a table of contents.
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, 2017 and will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2017. Press 53 reserves the right to extend the deadline.