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Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130
Winners and Finalists of the 2014 Prime Number Magazine Awards
Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists. And to all who submitted, we thank you! Please try again next year. First, Second, and Third place winners in each category will be published in Issue 61 of the magazine. First place winners will also be published in Volume 4 of our Print Annual. Also, thank you to our fine judges!

Poetry (92 Entries, ten finalists)
Judged by Erica Dawson

First Prize: “Mimesis,” by Laura Haynes

Judge’s Comment: The energy of this poem is absolutely irresistible, and its impulse inspiring. You can't get to the end without singing, nor without realizing how long it's been since you've really sung.

Second Prize: “Had We Known Our Time,” by Amy Lerman

Third Prize: “A Marriage from Six Angles,” by Elizabeth Drewry 

“Be Careful What You Wish For,” by Ann Herlong-Bodman
“Blueshift,” by KB Ballentine 
“Drought,” by Susanna Lang
 “Lupus,” by Cherise Pollard
 “Out Back, Behind the Hospital,” by Steve Cushman
“Red Nebula,” by Claudine Moreau
“And When the Song Was Over, There Was Blood,” by Ann Herlong-Bodman

Flash Fiction (65 entries, ten finalists)
Judged by Kathy Fish

First Prize: “The Heavenly Editorial Offices,” by Suzanne McConnell

Judge’s Comment: “An unnerving little tale that actually made me wince a couple of times while reading, The Heavenly Editorial Offices, does what flash does best, and that is to create a powerful and resonant impact upon the reader in as small a space as possible. Out of a field of ten remarkable flash fictions, this one I felt was the most original and took the most chances. I won't soon forget it.”

Second Prize: “Last Exit Before Toll,” James Keegan

Third Prize: “The Big Jump,” by Ronald Jackson

“Before She Was a Memory I Remember,” by Emma Bolden
 “Edith Aleksander, b. 1929,” by Ruby Cowling
“Entrances/Exits,” by Debra Daniel
“Games of Children,” by Jamie Hahn
 “Jersey Girls, Best in the World,” by Stephanie Friedman
 “Space-time Curve,” by Jodi Barnes
“Trick/Treat,” by Debra Daniel

Flash Nonfiction (52 entries, five finalists)
Judged by Dinty W. Moore

First Prize: “About My Tenth Year as a Human Being,” by Emma Bolden

Judge’s Comment: The author tells a complex, .compelling coming of age story with humor and surprise primarily though a listing of intimate details. Clever, original, and emotionally-charged, with a distinctive voice.

Second Prize: “Vinyl: A Triptych,” Pamela Rothbard

Third Prize: “Ghost House,” by Laura Ruth Loomis

“Obedience,” by Laurie Hertzel
“Talk to the Stars,” Hal Ackerman

Creative Nonfiction (56 entries, eight finalists)
Judged by Ned Stuckey-French

First Prize: “A Question of Corvids,” by Sheila Webster Boneham

Judge’s Comment: I love an essay that teaches me something, by which I mean one that introduces me to not just to some new understandings of ourselves and our world -- though it must do that or it's not an essay -- but also some new information. I did not know what a corvid is before I read "A Question of Corvids"; now I do. It is one of the 120 species of whip smart, hoarding, mimicking birds that include crows, jays, ravens, and magpies. This essay, rich with research, travel, examples, anecdotes, humor and epigraphs, taught me not just how to look at birds but how to look at the world. Essays are also conversations built of sentences that while written, sound spoken, and this essay is full of lovely sentences that work that way. Take these four, for instance: "If gulls are the berserkers of birdkind, swooping and screaming and plundering, then corvids, including crows, are the strategists. They watch. Face a crow at close quarters you will see that you are the one under study. With an eye sharper than his pointed bill, the crow pins down your moves and knows you better than you know him." I can hardly say how much I admire such sentences as well as their author and this essay.  

Second Prize: “The Green Light at the End of the Dock,” by Emily Rosenbaum

Third Prize: “Her Body, a Wilderness,” by Laurie Easter

“Captivations,” by Deborah Thompson
“Family Recipe,” by Wendy Fontaine
“A Story of Vines,” by Hillary Schaper
“That Sense of Chasing Something Desperately Needed,” by R.E. Bowse
“True Names,” by Jennifer McGuiggan

Short Story (112 entries, nine finalists)
Judged by Jacob M. Appel

First Prize: “Mating,” by Gerry Wilson

Judge’s Comment: "Mating" is one of those rare, magical stories that is much grander than the sum of its parts. Set in a failing Alabama wildlife park, the story follows the turbulent and torrid relationships of a couple who have jointly purchased an exotic black leopard. As a reader, one is instantly captivated by the complex pas de trois taking place between the desperate lovers and the exotic cat. Scene after scene is layered with suspense. Yet what sets "Mating" apart is the commanding authority of its narrative voice. From the first sentence to the last, the author's mastery of both language and human nature stands out indelibly. This is easily one of the best short stories I have read—not merely as a contest judge, but anywhere.

Second Prize: “A Simple Enquiry,” by Jeff Weddle

Third Prize: “Her Back Is to Us,” by Amy Foster Myer

“Frankie (so set ‘em up, Joe),” by Gregg Cusick 
“Monsters in the Agapanthus,” by Jessica Barksdale
“My Boyfriend Is a Senator,” by Linda Davis
“PBJ_42,” by Ginger Pinholster
“The Road Home,” by David Meischen
 “So Long, Brother,” by Jim Nichols