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Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the 2018 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry! Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

2018 Judge for Poetry: Terri Kirby Erickson, author of Becoming the Blue Heron and four other collections.

Submission period: January 1 – April 15, 2018 (Deadline extended to April 30)

Winner and Finalists Announced: No later than July  1, 2018

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Submit one unpublished poem, no more than three pages, single-spaced in standard 12-pt.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. Entries will only be accepted through Submittable.


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 Only unpublished works are eligible.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 Work withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. The winning entry must remain unpublished until it appears online in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 137 (Oct 1, 2018), otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited.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, 2018.


First Prize: $1000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine

The poet names, locations, and titles of our 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 judge 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.

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