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Now Closed. Our winners and finalists will be announced no later than July 1!

Read our winning poem and short story in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 101 (Oct-Dec 2016)

Categories: Poetry & Short Fiction

First Prize in each category: $1000 plus publication

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the 2016 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry & Short Fiction! Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully.

Submission period: Now until April 15, 2016 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, 2016

Reading Fee: $15 per entry

Deadline: Midnight Eastern Time, April 15, 2016

Poetry judge: Kelly Cherry, former Virginia Poet Laureate and author of The Life and Death of Poetry: Poems (LSU Press)

Short Fiction judge: Taylor Brown, author of Fallen Land (St. Martin's Press) and In the Season of Blood & Gold (Press 53)

Complete judges' bios can be found here.

First Prize in each category: $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine.
A top 10 finalist list in each category will appear here with the author name, location, and title of work.

Note: All prizes will be awarded upon publication in Prime Number Magazine.Winning entries must remain unpublished until they appear online in Prime Number Magazine, otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited.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, so author's name should not appear on the page(s) uploaded. 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. Judges' complete 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 (this includes self-published works). 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 Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief, via email.

Meet Our Judges
POETRY: Kelly Cherry
Kelly Cherry’s new book of poems, The Life and Death of Poetry, was published by LSU Press in 2013 and her new poetry chapbook, Vectors, by Parallel Press in December 2012. She was the first recipient of the Hanes Poetry Prize given by the Fellowship of Southern Writers for a body of work. Other awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bradley Major Achievement (Lifetime) Award, a USIS Speaker Award (The Philippines), a Distinguished Alumnus Award, three Wisconsin Arts Board fellowships, two WAB New Work awards, the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook Award for Distinguished Book of Stories in 1999 (2000), and selection as a Wisconsin Notable Author. In 2010, she was a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2012, she received both the Taramuto Prize for a story and the Carole Weinstein Prize for Poetry, and in 2013 the L.E. Phillabaum Award for Poetry. Former Poet Laureate of Virginia, she is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her husband live in Virginia. Further details appear on her Wikipedia page.
Taylor Brown's novel, Fallen Land, was signed to St. Martin's Press and is due out January 12, 2016. His short fiction collection, In the Season of Blood & Gold, was published by Press 53 in May 2014. His short fiction has appeared in The New Guard, The Baltimore Review, CutBank, The Coachella Review, storySouth, CrimeSpree Magazine, the 2010 Press 53 Open Awards Anthology, and many others. He received the Montana Prize in Fiction for his story “Rider,” and he was a finalist for the 2012 Machigonne Fiction Prize. His work has been recognized as one of the “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories” in Best American Mystery Stories, and his story “Kingdom Come” won second prize in the 2010 Press 53 Open Awards for Short Story. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and his website is