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 3-4 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

POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE, Issue 241 (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry to be published on September 1, 2023

Guest Poetry Editor: Lindsey Royce, author of Play Me a Revolution and The Book of John

Submission period: January 1 – February 28, 2023 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: September 1, 2023

Reporting Time: We will do our best to make sure poets receive an acceptance or rejection two months prior to publication date. Submissions will be open the first two months of every quadrimester (four months) 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Reading Fee: None Submit ONE unpublished poem of up to three pages, written in English in a standard font (Times, Garamond, etc.)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 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 poem in Prime Number Magazine. After the work is published, all other rights revert 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 241 on September 1, 2023

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Steve Mitchell, author of The Naming of Ghosts

Submission period: January 1 – February 28, 2023 midnight Eastern time

Publication Date: September 1, 2023

Reporting Time: We will do our best to notify writers of acceptance or rejection no more than two months prior to publication date. Submissions will be open the first two months of every quadrimester (four months) with a new guest editor. Writers are encouraged to submit again during the open submission periods (Jan-Feb; May-Jun; Sept-Oct). Please limit your submissions to one story per submission period.

Reading Fee: None

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please withdraw work immediately if accepted elsewhere. You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper-right corner of your submission. Only original, unpublished works will be considered.

Submit ONE unpublished story of 53 to 5,300 words (please include word count under title), 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.

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 in Prime Number Magazine. After the work is published, all other rights revert 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 have to establish these limits.)

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

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2023 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for SHORT FICTION GUIDELINES:

Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

Entry period: January 1 to March 31, 2023 (midnight EASTERN time)

Judge for Short Fiction: Dennis McFadden, author of Jimtown Road, winner of the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

First Prize: $1,000 and publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 241, Sept-Dec 2023 (a Press 53 publication)

Announcement: Winner, runners-up, and finalists will be announced no later than July 1, 2023 (probably sooner)

Reading Fee: $15

How to Enter the Prime Number Magazine Awards:

Entries are only accepted online via Submittable

Submit one unpublished short story, up to 5,300 words in length, double spaced in a standard 12-pt. type. (Times, Garamond, etc). Make sure your name does not appear on the page with your story.

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

Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your entry via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. You may not replace the withdrawn story with another story. Entry fee is non-refundable.

Editing entry: If you discover an error before the deadline 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 around the world, 18 years of age and older, 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 or have previously published in Prime Number Magazine are eligible.

Disclaimer: Prime Number Magazine reserves the right to extend the deadline if deemed necessary. 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 original to the author.

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

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2023 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for POETRY GUIDELINES:

Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

Entry period: January 1 to March 31, 2023 (midnight EASTERN time)

Judge for Poetry: Felicia Mitchell, author of Waltzing with Horses

First Prize: $1,000 and publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 241, Sept-Dec 2023 (a Press 53 publication)

Announcement: Winner, runners-up, and finalists will be announced no later than July 1, 2023 (probably sooner)

Reading Fee: $15

How to Enter the Prime Number Magazine Awards:

Entries are only accepted online via Submittable

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 your poem.

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

Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your entry via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. You may not replace the withdrawn poem with another poem. Entry fee is non-refundable.

Editing entry: If you discover an error before the deadline 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 around the world, 18 years of age and older, 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 or have previously published in Prime Number Magazine are eligible.

Disclaimer: Prime Number Magazine reserves the right to extend the deadline if deemed necessary. 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 original to the author.

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

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