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Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

Deadline Extended to April 15, 2015!

First Prize in each category: $1000 plus publication
Second Prize in each category: $250 plus publication
Third Prize in each category: Publication

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the 2015 Prime Number Magazine Awards with prizes and/or publication for our top three entries in Poetry, Short Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

Submission period: Now until April 15, 2015 online only using Submittable, your online submissions manager. Multiple submissions are accepted; each entry requires a separate reading fee.

Winners Announced: No later than July 1, 2015

Reading Fee: $15 per entry

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Judges: Our judges are industry professionals and are listed with each category below, with photos and bios at the bottom of the page.

Categories: Please note that author’s name should not appear on manuscript.

Poetry: judged by Alan Michael Parker
Submit one unpublished poem, single-spaced in standard 12-pt. type. (Times, Courier, etc), no longer than three pages. 
Click here to enter Poetry.

Short Fiction: judged by Rebecca Makkai
Submit one unpublished work of Short Fiction (53-5,300 words), title at top of page, text double-spaced in standard 12-pt. type. (Times, Courier, etc), with numbered pages. 
Click here to enter Short Story.

Creative Nonfiction: Judged by Sarah Einstein
Submit one unpublished work of Creative Nonfiction (53-5,300 words), title at top of page, text double-spaced in standard 12-pt. type. (Times, Courier, etc), with numbered pages. 
Click here to enter Creative Nonfiction.

First Prize in each category: $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine.
Second Prize in each category: $250 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine.
Third Prize in each category: Publication in Prime Number Magazine.

Note: All prizes will be awarded upon publication in Prime Number Magazine.Winning entries must remain unpublished until they appear online in Prime Number Magazine, otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited. 

All work will be read blind. Judges are 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 in that category. Judges' names and bios can be found below.

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. Judges agree to disqualify any work that, for whatever reason, they may recognize, so use your best judgment when submitting.

Prime Number Magazine reserves the right to extend deadlines or substitute judges 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. All submissions must be original works.

Questions/Comments should be directed to Clifford Garstang, Editor, Prime Number Magazine

Meet Our Judges
POETRY: Alan Michael Parker
SHORT FICTION: Rebecca Makkai
Rebecca Makkai’s second novel, The Hundred-Year House (2014) was called “stunning: ambitious, readable, and intriguing” by Library Journal. Her first novel, 2011’s The Borrower, has appeared in nine translations and was chosen as a Booklist Top Ten Debut. Her short fiction was featured in The Best American Short Stories anthology in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’sTin House and Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts; her story collection, Music for Wartime, will appear in July, 2015. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca teaches at Northwestern University, Lake Forest College, and StoryStudio Chicago, and in the fall of 2015, she will be visiting faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her website is
Sarah Einstein is a recipient of the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction, the Pushcart Prize, and a Best of the Net Award. She is the author of Remnants of Passion, and Mot: A Memoir. Her essays and prose poems have appeared in The SunNinth LetterPank MagazineFringeQuiddy, and Hawai’i Pacific Review, among others. She is the fiction editor at Stirring: A Literary Collective, the former managing editor of Brevity, and co-author, with Dominik Henrici, of Writers for Dinner.
Alan Michael Parker has written three novels, Cry UncleWhale Man, and The Committee on Town Happiness, along with eight collections of poems: Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, Elephants & Butterflies, Ten Days (with painter Herb Jackson), Long Division and The Ladder (Tupelo Press, forthcoming in 2015). He served as Editor of The Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two other volumes of scholarship. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Pleiades, and The Yale Review, among other magazines, and in 2011 were anthologized in The Best American Poetry as well as The Pushcart Prize; his prose has appeared in journals including The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker. Alan Michael Parker has received numerous awards and fellowships, including three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, the 2013 Randall Jarrell Award, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2012 North Carolina Book Award for Long Division; his 2011 novel, Whale Man, was shortlisted for the 2011 ForeWord Reviews’s “Book of the Year Award” in the category of Literary Fiction. His essay, “Beach House as Nostalgia Museum,” was named a Notable Essay by the editors of the 2013 Best American Essays. Visit AMP online at (photo credit: Felicia van Bork, 2015)