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Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130
SHORT FICTION: David Jauss
OPEN FOR ENTRIES: January 1 – April 15, 2017
Reading fee: $15
First Prize: $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine
Finalists: A list of nine finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine
(Prime Number Magazine is a Press 53 publication)
Poetry: Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry
Short Fiction: David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Winners Announced: No later than July 1, 2017
Submit one unpublished poem or story.
Poem should be no more than three pages in length (no word count needed) with numbered pages and spaced according to the poet’s intended style.
Short story should be 53 to 5,300 words, double-spaced in 12-pt. type with numbered pages.
Writers may enter either or both categories. Multiple entries require separate reading fees.
Reading fee is $15 per entry and is nonrefundable.
The judging process is “blind,” so author’s name should not appear anywhere on or in the poem or story.
This competition is open to any writer anywhere in the world whose entry is unpublished and written in English.
Entries will only be accepted through Submittable, your online submissions manager.
Requests to open your entry for editing via Submittable will not be accepted after the April 15 deadline.
Writer is asked to withdraw the submission through Submittable should it be accepted for publication elsewhere. If entry is withdrawn, reading fee is nonrefundable.
The winning poem or short story must remain unpublished until it appears in Prime Number Magazine, Issue 113, Oct-Dec 2017, otherwise the prize and publication will be forfeited.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 winners will be sent to all entrants via email through Submittable, and posted on in Prime Number Magazine, our blog, Facebook and Twitter no later than July 1, 2017.
Questions or concerns, other than technical issues with the submissions manager, please email Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief.
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 Review, The Massachusetts Review, Narrative, North American Review, and Sewanee Review, and her prose is in American Book Review, Chautauqua, Poetry Flash, The Rumpus, Tikkun 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 Maps; Crimes 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 Forms; The 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 Stories, The 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.