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

2022 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for POETRY GUIDELINES:  

Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.   

Entry period: January 1 to March  31, 2022 (midnight EASTERN time)   

Final Judge: Faith Shearin, author of Lost Language and other collections   

First Prize: $1,000, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 239, Oct-Dec 2022 (a Press 53 publication)   

Announcement: Winner, runners-up, and finalists will be announced no later than July  1, 2022 (probably sooner)   

Reading Fee: $15   

How to Enter the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry:  Submit one (and only one) unpublished poem, no more than three pages in length in standard 12-pt.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 or have previously published in Prime Number Magazine 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. Only original, 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.  

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

 2022 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARD for SHORT FICTION

GUIDELINES: Before entering, please carefully read the guidelines

Entry period: January 1 to March  31, 2022 (midnight EASTERN time)

Final Judge: Jubal Tiner, author of The Waterhouse

First Prize: $1,000, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and publication in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 239, Oct-Dec 2022 (a Press 53 publication)

Announcement : The winner, runners-up, and finalists will be named no later than July  1, 2022 (probably sooner)

Reading Fee: $15

How to Enter the Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction: Submit one (and only one) unpublished short story of up to 5,300 words, with title and word count, 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 and in Prime Number Magazine are eligible.

Disclaimer: Prime Number Magazine reserves the right to extend the deadline if deemed necessary. Only original, unpublished works are eligible. Reading fees are non-refundable. Entries with author's name appearing anywhere on the manuscript will not be considered. Entries withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund.

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

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