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Meet Our Judges
POETRY: Rebecca Foust

REBECCA FOUST won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry for Paradise Drive, which went on to also win the San Francisco Book Festival Award for Poetry, the National Indie Excellence Award for Poetry, the Poetry Society of Virginia Award for Poetry, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Poetry. Her other books include God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach, 2010), a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens that received a 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving, 2010), which received the 2008 MMM Press Poetry Book Prize; and two chapbooks, Mom’s Canoe (Texas Review Press, 2009) and Dark Card (Texas Review Press, 2008), both winners of the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook prize. Foust earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2010 and is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place and The MacDowell Colony. Her poems have appeared widely in journals including The Hudson ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewNarrativeNorth American Review, and Sewanee Review, and her prose is in American Book ReviewChautauquaPoetry FlashThe RumpusTikkun Daily, and other journals. Her essay, “Venn Diagram,” won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize from The Malahat Review in 2014. Foust lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area as a writer, freelance editor, teacher, and Marin Poetry Center board member.  
DAVID JAUSS is the author of three collections of short stories, Black MapsCrimes of Passion; and Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories; two collections of poems, You Are Not Here and Improvising Rivers; and a collection of essays, On Writing Fiction. He has also edited or co-edited three anthologies: Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional FormsThe Best of Crazyhorse: Thirty Years of Poetry and Prose; and Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James A. Michener Fellowship, three fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council, and one from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His collection Black Maps received the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. He taught creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is currently teaching in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
The Winners, Runners-up, and Finalists have been announced!
Jed’s poem will be published in Issue 113 of Prime Number Magazine on October 1, at which time he will receive his prize of $1,000.

Rebecca also selected two Runners-up from our finalists which we will also publish in Issue 113:

“Back-lit” by Lynn Deming of Redding, Connecticut
“Howlin’ Wolf at the Fillmore East, June 7, 1968” by Aaron Fischer of Fort Lee, New Jersey.

We want to congratulate our remaining finalists:

“The Aquarium” by Jessica Towns of Seattle, Washington
“Genealogy” by Theresa Wyatt of Derby, New York
“Genius Loci” by Sam Barbee of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
“Hanging the Moon” by Jenny Bates of Germanton, North Carolina
“Metalwork” by Devi Laskar of Los Altos, California
“Right of Way” by Devon Marsh of Lewisville, North Carolina
“Signature Visit to a Small Planet” by D. G. Geis of Houston, Texas

"SIgnature" by Jed Myers of Seattle, Washington, is named winner of the 2017 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry by our final judge Rebecca Foust, author of the multi-award-winning Paradise Drive!

Jed Myers is author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award) and two chapbooks. Honors include Southern Indiana Review’s Editors’ Award, the Literal Latte Poetry Award, The Adirondack Review’s 46er Prize for Poetry, and the McLellan Poetry Prize (UK). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, The Greensboro Review, The Southeast Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. He is Poetry Editor for the journal Bracken
"Brace Yourself" by Leslie Jill Patterson of Lubbock, Texas, is named winner of the 2017 Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction by David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories!

Leslie Jill Patterson's prose has most recently appeared in The Rumpus, 1966, Barrelhouse, Grist, Gulf Coast, Baltimore Review, Literature: A Pocket Anthology (7th edition), and other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the 2013 Everett Southwest Literary Award, judged by Lee K. Abbott; the 2014 Time and Place Prize in Brittany, France; and a 2014 Soros Justice Fellowship, funded by the Open Society Foundations in New York. Additionally, she serves as editor for Iron Horse Literary Review and copy editor for Creative Nonfiction, and she produced a series of book trailers for the Ploughshares blog. Today, she teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University and works as the case storyteller for attorneys representing indigent men and women charged with capital murder and facing the death penalty.
Leslie’s story will be published in Issue 113 of Prime Number Magazine on October 1, at which time she will receive her prize of $1,000.

David also selected two Runners-up from our finalists which we will also publish in Issue 113:

“Everlast” by Rayne O'Brian of San Rafael, California
“Huldufólk” by JoeAnn Hart of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

We want to congratulate our remaining finalists:

“Be Still My Mother” by Courtney Harler of Las Vegas, Nevada
“The Everstretching” by Sarah Gingerich of Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
“Finger Popping” by Sandra Hunter of Simi Valley, California
“The Sinking” by Patrick Dixon of Olympia, Washington 
“So White” by Mariano Zaro of Santa Monica, California
“Until It Thunders” by Catherine Moore of Franklin, Tennessee
“Visiting Hours” by Nadia Uddin of Brooklyn, New York

From everyone at Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine, we thank the more than 500 writers who participated in our annual writing competition. The 2018 Prime Number Magazine Awards will open again for entries on January 1, 2018.