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Issue 107, Apr – Jun 2017
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130
Dear Reader,

This unique work of art for the cover of Issue 107 was found on the sidewalk one sunny afternoon a few steps away from our office in the Arts District in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We love, love, love it and wanted to share it with you.

Issue 107 of Prime Number Magazine spans the months of April (National Poetry Month), May (National Short Story Month), and June (National Accordion Awareness Month), and we’ve got all of the bases covered.

First up, we have three new poems selected by guest poetry editor Robert Lee Brewer, author of Solving the World’s Problems, who took some time away from his busy schedule at Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Market to read submissions and select three poems. You'll enjoy these poems by Liz N. Clift, Jen Karetnick, and Tania Pryputniewicz.

Next up we have three new short stories by Marlene Olin, Michael Kaplan, and Matthew Fiander, selected by guest short fiction editor Elizabeth Gonzalez, whose own collection of stories, The Universal Physics of Escape, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.

We do have a suggestion for National Accordion Awareness Month: An Unreasonable Woman, In Search of Meaning Around the Globe, a memoir by Shirley Deane, published by Press 53 in 2010 (back when we published memoirs). Ms. Deane was a popular jazz accordionist (never polkas!) in the 1950s, who turned her back on a recording contract and an appearance on The Jackie Gleason Show in 1956 to travel the world. Her journeys took her to 67 countries, including a trek in a specially built Land Rover from England to Kathmandu, making her the first woman to make such a journey by land in a vehicle. If you are looking for an adventurous and crazy read, pick up a copy of this fascinating book. Shirley is one of a kind and an inspiration to women of all ages.

Also in this issue we introduce our guest editors for Issue 113: for poetry, Gabrielle Brant Freeman, author of When She Was Bad, and for short fiction, Chauna Craig, author of The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms. Visit their pages to enjoy an poem and short story. We will be publishing their selections in poetry and short fiction on October 1.

The 2017 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction will close for entries on April 15. The winners in each category will receive $1,000 plus publication in Issue 113 this coming October. We’re looking, as always, for distinctive poetry and short fiction. Our judge for poetry is Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry, which went on to win five more awards! Our judge for short fiction is the legendary Daivd Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories, published by Press 53. David’s body of work spans more than thirty years and includes appearances in Best America Short StoriesThe O.Henry Awards: Prize Stories, and two in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, including The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize.

Don’t forget to also check out the winners of our free, monthly 53-Word Story Contest. It’s amazing what can be packed into 53 words. 

Lastly, I have included a personal remembrance of Okla Elliott, who I was fortunate enough to work with in 2011 when Press 53 published his debut short fiction collection, From the Crooked Timber.

Enjoy Issue 107 of Prime Number Magazine and don't forget to share the love.


Kevin Morgan Watson
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Press 53
Prime Number Magazine

Welcome to Issue 107 of Prime Number Magazine!
Prime Number Magazine
Issue 107
April – June 2017

Selections from Robert Lee Brewer
Guest Editor

Arms Race by Liz N. Clift
Congressional Complex by Jen Karetnick
Hades by Tania Pryputniewicz

Selections from Elizabeth Gonzalez
Guest Editor

The Master by Michael Kaplan
Mother’s Day by Marlene Olin
Paul Kingman’s Goal-line Stand by Matthew Fiander

Remembering Okla Elliott
a note from Kevin Morgan Watson

Meet Our Editors for Issue 113, October – December 2017

Gabrielle Brant Freeman, Guest Editor for Poetry
Chauna Craig, Guest Editor for Short Fiction

Submit your poetry or short fiction now for Issue 113