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

2020 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for POETRY
GUIDELINES:
Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.
Entry period: January 1 to March  31, 2020 (midnight EASTERN time)
Final Judge: Adrian Rice, author of The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems
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 181, Oct-Dec 2020
Announcement: Winner, runners-up, and finalists will be announced no later than August  1, 2020 (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Enter:  Submit one (and only one) unpublished poem, no more than three pages in length in standard 12-pt.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: Multiple 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. You may not replace the withdrawn poem with another poem. 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 withdraw 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 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

 2020 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for SHORT FICTION
GUIDELINES: Before entering, please carefully read the guidelines
Entry period: January 1 to March  31, 2020 (midnight EASTERN time)
Final Judge: Wendy J. Fox, author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories, winner of the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
First Prize: $1,000, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 181, Oct-Dec 2020 (a Press 53 publication)
Announcement : The winner, runners-up, and finalists will be named no later than August  1, 2020 (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: Multiple entries are acceptable, but stories must be entered separately. Reading fee applies for each story.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your story via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. You may not replace the withdrawn story with a different story. 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 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 

POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE, Issue 179, July–September 2020
Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry to be published in Issue 179, on July 1, 2020.
Guest Poetry Editor: Christopher Forrest, Press 53 Poetry Editor and managing editor of the Immersion Poetry Series.
Submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2019 midnight Eastern time.
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 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. 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 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 poetry book from Press 53, selected by our guest editor. 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 179, on July 1, 2020.
Guest Short Fiction Editor: Julie Zuckerman, author of The Book of Jeremiah
Submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2020 midnight Eastern 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 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. You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper right corner of your submission. 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 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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