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).

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

PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for SHORT FICTION GUIDELINES

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the 2017 Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction! Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

2017 Judge for Short Fiction: David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories (Press 53) and several other books.

Submission period: January 1 – April 15, 2017

Winners and Finalists Announced: No later than July  1, 2017

Reading Fee: $15

Deadline: Midnight Eastern time, April 15, 2016

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

Submit one unpublished work of fiction from 53 to 5,300 words, double-spaced in standard 12-pt. type. (Times New Roman, etc). Make sure your name does not appear on the manuscript. The story must be written in English.

Disclaimer:

Prime Number Magazine and Press 53 reserve the right to extend deadlines 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. Work withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. The winning entry must remain unpublished until it appears online in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 113 (Oct 1, 2017), otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winners and finalists will be sent to all entrants via email through Submittable, and posted in Prime Number Magazine, Facebook, and Twitter no later than July 1, 2017.

Prizes:

First Prize: $1000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine.

The author name, location, and story title of our top 10 finalists will appear in Prime Number Magazine.

Judging: All entries will be read blind. The judge is asked to disqualify any entry that the judge recognizes, so please use your best judgment when submitting. If you know the judge and believe he or she may recognize your work, you may want to reconsider submitting. The judge's complete bio can be found on the Prime Number Magazine website.

Eligibility: Contest is open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English. 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 judges agrees to disqualify any work that, for whatever reason, he or she may recognize, so use your best judgment when submitting.

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

 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for POETRY GUIDELINES

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the 2017 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry! Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

2017 Judge for Poetry: Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry

Submission period: January 1 – April 15, 2017

Winner and Finalists Announced: No later than July  1, 2017

Reading Fee: $15

Deadline: Midnight Eastern time, April 15, 2016

How to Enter the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry:

Submit one unpublished poem, no more than three pages, single-spaced in standard 12-pt. type. (Times New Roman, Garamond, etc). Make sure your name does not appear on the page with the poem. Poem must be written in English.

Disclaimer:

Prime Number Magazine and Press 53 reserve the right to extend deadlines 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. Work withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. The winning entry must remain unpublished until it appears online in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 113 (Oct 1, 2017), otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winner and finalists will be sent to all entrants via email through Submittable, and posted in Prime Number Magazine, Facebook, and Twitter no later than July 1, 2017.

Prize:

First Prize: $1000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 113, October 1, 2017

The poet names, locations, and titles of our 10 finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine.

Judging: All work will be read blind, so poet's name should not appear on the page with the poem. The judges is asked to disqualify any entry that the judge recognizes, so please use your best judgment when submitting. If you know the judge in your category and believe he or she may recognize your work, you may want to reconsider submitting. The judge's complete bio can be found on the Prime Number Magazine website.

Eligibility: Contest is open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English. 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, he or she may recognize, so use your best judgment when submitting.

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 109, JUL-SEPT 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 109, JULY 1, 2017

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Jen McConnell, author of Welcome, Anybody.

Submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2017, 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.

POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE, Issue 109, July-September 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 109, on July 1, 2017. 

Guest Poetry Editor: Joseph Mills, author of Exit, pursued by a bear, and five other poetry collections published by Press 53.

Submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2017

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.