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

2019 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for POETRY

GUIDELINES:

Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

Entry period: January 1 to March  31, 2019

Final Judge: Ginger Murchison, co-founder (with Thomas Lux) of Poetry@TECH and author of a scrap of linen, a bone

First Prize: $1,000, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 163, Oct-Dec 2019 (a Press 53 publication)

Runners-up: Two runners-up will be named and published in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 163, Oct-Dec 2019

Announcement: Winner, runners-up, and finalists will be announced no later than August  1, 2019 (probably sooner)

Reading Fee: $15

How to Enter the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry:

Enter:  Submit one (and only one) unpublished poem, no more than three pages in length in standard 12-pt. type. (Times, Garamond, etc). Make sure your name does not appear on the page with the poem.

Multiple entries: Mutiple entries are acceptable, but you must enter individually and pay the reading fee for each entry.

Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your poem via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fee is non-refundable.

Editing entry: If you discover an error and wish to replace your entry with a newly edited version, request "Open Editing" via Submittable. Requests made after the deadline will not be honored.

Judging: All entries are read blind. Judge is asked to disqualify any entry that is recognized, so please use your best judgment.

Eligibility: Contest is open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English. Note: 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, is recognized, so use your best judgment when entering.

Disclaimer: Prime Number Magazine reserves the right to extend the deadline 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. Entries withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. All entries must be work that is original to the author.

Questions/Comments should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publish & Editor in Chief, Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine at kevin@press53.com

 2019 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for SHORT FICTION

GUIDELINES: Before entering, please carefully read the guidelines

Entry period: January 1 to March  31, 2019

Final Judge: Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories, Town Smokes, and The Wrecking Yard, Dogs of God

First Prize: $1,000, Pushcart Prize nomination, and publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 163, Oct-Dec 2019 (a Press 53 publication)

Runners-up: Two runners-up will be named and published in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 163, Oct-Dec 2019

Announcement : The winner, runners-up, and finalists will be named no later than August  1, 2019 (probably sooner)

Reading Fee: $15

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

Enter:  Submit one (and only one) unpublished short story of up to 5,300 words, double spaced in standard 12-pt. type. (Times, Garamond, etc) with numbered pages. Make sure your name does not appear on the manuscript.

Multiple entries: Mutiple entries are acceptable, but separate reading fee applies for each story.

Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your story via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fee is non-refundable.

Editing entry: If you discover an error and wish to replace your entry with a newly edited version, request "Open Editing" via Submittable. Requests made after the deadline will not be honored.

Judging: All entries are read blind. Judge is asked to disqualify any entry that is recognized, so please use your best judgment when entering. 

Eligibility: Contest is open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English. Note: 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, is recognized, so use your best judgment when entering.

Disclaimer: Prime Number Magazine reserves the right to extend the deadline 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. Entries withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. All entries must be work that is original to the author.

Questions/Comments should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publish & Editor in Chief, Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine at kevin@press53.com 

Press 53 is launching a new series calling for authors with full-length poetry manuscripts containing immersive content on unique aspects of their lives or specific areas of expertise. Subject matter should be unfamiliar to most readers, informative, and engaging.

Manuscripts should be cohesive without being repetitive, enlightening and educational but not hermetically sealed. Most of all, manuscripts must be relatable. They must encompass the individual circumstance as well as an immensity that readers can connect with regardless of their own conditions. The specificity of the content must also at times be universal, accessible. Think of documentaries that, for better or worse, you can’t help but project yourself into; better yet, ones that reframe your own immediate perspective. 

The Immersion Series will be a home for passions, obsessions, exhaustive exploration of the lesser known. Where lives your expertise? What is your lens for the compelling? What can readers glean from a collection based on the construction of a piano, the miles of a marathon, growing heirloom tomatoes, life as a first responder, the workings of the circulatory system, an acute aspect of recovery, or whatever else may be the subject of your authority?

In a single document, please submit a cover letter summarizing your subject matter and unique perspective along with 8-10 pages of poetry as a sample for consideration. We will request full manuscripts, at least in the neighborhood of 55-60 pages, for the most promising samples. 

While there is no reading fee, we ask you to please consider if your collection meets the specifics of our call. We will close submissions March 31, 2019 and potentially reopen them in the fall.

The Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

 Please Note a Change: Beginning January 1, 2019, the Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest will become a quarterly competition. Since July 2017, we have been awarding outstanding authors of very short stories with a monthly contest. In these many months, the margins separating the winners have grown increasingly thin, and with a single monthly winner we have at times been forced to pass on pieces deserving of recognition. Transitioning to a quarterly submission period with multiple prize winners will allow us to reward the highest quality stories with a fairer model of competition for our authors. 

We will maintain our low $7 (a prime number) reading fee per submission, with new prize payouts as follows:

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 their stories will appear in the next quarterly issue of Prime number Magazine

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).
Open: January 1, 2019
Deadline: March 31, 2019, midnight Eastern Standard Time.
Prizes: 

First Prize $353 (a prime number)

Second Prize $151 (a prime number)

Third Prize $53 (a prime number)

plus publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 159, July-September 2019

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 May 1, 2019
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.
       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 157, July-September 2019

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry to be published in Issue 157, on July 1, 2019.

Guest Poetry Editor: Hedy Habra, author of Under Brushstrokes and Tea in Heliopolis

Submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2019

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. Guest editors have been instructed to read only the first poem if more than one poem is submitted.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable 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.

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions of short fiction to be published in Issue 157, on July 1, 2019.
Guest Short Fiction Editor: Stephanie Carpenter, author of Missing Persons, winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2019 with notification by June 1, 2019
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. 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.

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