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 and Editor in Chief

The PNM 2021 Flash Fiction Prize (must be 18 years of age or older to enter)

First Prize: $251 (a prime number) and publication (All winners published in Issue 199 of Prime Number Magazine, October 1, 2021)

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 September 15, 2021

  Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to reading your stories.  

Guidelines:

Open: July 1, 2021

Deadline: August 31, 2021, midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Reading fee: $11 (a prime number)

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

Judges: the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine editorial staff

Winners Announced: by Sep 15, 2021

How to Enter:

          Submit one unpublished story that is no more than 751 words (please include word count), double-spaced in 12-pt. type with numbered pages. Multiple entries require separate reading fees.

          Reading fee is $11 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. This information will be hidden from the readers until after the winners and finalists are selected.

          Open to any writer anywhere in the world who is at least 18 years old and whose entry is original, unpublished, and written in English.

          Authors who have published a book with Press 53, editors of Press 53/Prime Number Magazine, and their family members 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 August 31 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 story.

          The winning stories must remain unpublished until they appears in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 199, on October 1, otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited.

          Cash prize awarded upon publication.​

Prime Number Magazine is granted First Serial Rights with the right to archive the story indefinitely. All other rights revert 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 211, January–March 2021
Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry to be published in Issue 211, on January 1, 2022
Guest Poetry Editor: LaWanda Walters, author of Light Is the Odalisque
Submission period: July 1 – August 31, 2021 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: January 1. 2022
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.
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 through Submittable 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 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, 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.

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions of short fiction to be published in Issue 211 on January 1, 2022
Guest Short Fiction Editor:  Michael Beadle, author of Beasts of Eden (poetry), and award-winning short fiction author
Submission period: July 1 – August 31, 2021 midnight Eastern time

 Publication Date: January 1, 2022
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. 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.
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 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 accepted work. After the work is published, all rights revert back 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 had to establish these limits).
Questions/Comments should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief, at Kevin@Press53.com.

Welcome to our third annual "Prime 53 Poem" Summer Challenge!

This is a free contest to celebrate a poetry form invented in 2019 by Press 53 poetry editor Christopher Forrest and publisher & editor in chief Kevin Morgan Watson: the Prime 53 poem.

This summer challenge runs from July 1 until August 31, midnight Eastern time. Sorry, no exceptions.

The challenge is to write a Prime 53 poem, and our top three poems, judged by Chris and Kevin, will be published in Issue 199 of Prime Number Magazine on October 1, 2021

Four winners will receive a free paperback book of their choice from Press 53.

Your poem must adhere to the following rules:

· Total syllable count of 53

· Eleven total lines

· First three stanzas are three lines each with a 7 / 5 / 3 syllable count

· Final stanza must be two lines with a 5 / 3 syllable count, for a total syllable count of 53

· Rhyme scheme (slant/soft rhymes work) aba cdc efe gg

The total line count is a prime number (11), the syllable count in each line in first three stanzas is a prime number (7 / 5/ 3), and the syllable count in each line of the last two-line stanza is a prime number (5 / 3), making the poem’s total syllable count a prime number (53).



Prime 53 Poem Sample

Road trips, beaches, and one-wish

trips, backdrops for your

reading lists.



Why not, too, write poetry?

Count your syllables:

fifty-three.



Pens and pads, your tools to pack.

Leave ideas there, bring

poems back.



You will feel better,

and smarter.



Four winners will be announced via Submittable, and on the Prime Number Magazine and Press 53 Facebook pages, Twitter pages, and to our subscribers (get your free subscription at https://www.press53.com/subscribe).

By entering this competition, the author grants Press 53/Prime Number Magazine First Serial Rights to publish their Prime 53 poem in Issue 199 of Prime Number Magazine and the right to permanently archive the poem on our website. All other rights revert back to author upon publication on October 1.

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