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), that is operated by our digital, online quarterly journal. 

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 at www.53wordstory.com or at 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

POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE, Issue 107, April-June 2017

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 107, on April 1, 2017. 

Guest Poetry Editor: Robert Lee Brewer, author of Solving the World's Problems, published by Press 53, and editor of Writer's Market and Poet's Market for Writer's Digest Books.

Submission period: October 1 – December 31, 2016

Reporting Time: Poets will receive an acceptance or rejection no later than 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Submit one unpublished poem, no more than three pages, written in English in a standard 12-pt.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 107, APR-JUN 2017

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 107, January 1, 2017

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Elizabeth Gonzalez, author of The Universal Physics of Escape, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Submission period: October 1 – December 31, 2016, Eastern Standard Time

Reporting Time: Writers will receive an acceptance or rejection no later than 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 5300 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 accepted 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, 2017$ 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 $1,000 cash advance, a quarter-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine, 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, 2016 – December 31, 2016. Submissions will close at midnight Eastern time.
Announcement of winner:
The winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will be announced no later than May 1, 2017, 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 be no less than 100 pages and no more than 250 pages in length, double-spaced in a standard 12-pt. 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 letter.
3. Manuscript pages should be numbered.
4. Include a table of contents.
5. An acknowledgments page is not necessary.
If you have 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, 2016 and will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2016. Press 53 reserves the right to extend the deadline.