Welcome to Prime Number Magazine, Issue 109, July – September 2017

This July, Prime Number Magazine celebrates its seventh anniversary. Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to many more years of sharing what we think is exciting, engaging, and just damn-fine writing. 

The cover image above, “Wild Canada-rye Overlooking Green Bay,” is a photo I took while at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in July of 2003. My wife Cathy was born and reared in Green Bay, and taking our young children to Bay Beach was a treat that brought back many memories for her. When Cathy was a child, rides cost .10 cents. Last month, Bay Beach celebrated its 125th anniversary, and today ride tickets cost a whopping .25 cents each, with most rides requiring only one or two tickets. What could be any better than that? Maybe a free magazine full of great reading?

In this issue, our guest poetry editor Joseph Mills selected three poems by three poets (Lori Lamothe, Lois Harrod, and D.G. Geis) from among the many submissions we received during our open submission period for Issue 109. 

Our guest short fiction editor Jen McConnell selected three stories from three authors (Siamak Vossoughi, Jacqueline Doyle, and Maria Brandt).

And we asked each of our guest editors to invite a fellow writer, whose work he or she admires, to send us something for publication. Joseph Mills reached out to Shaindel Beers and she sent us three wonderful poems, and Jen McConnell invited Lou Gaglia to send us a story. We are grateful and honored to share these works with our readers.

For the last five years, we have been offering a free monthly 53-word story contest, with the winner earning a free book from that month’s guest judge and publication in Prime Number Magazine. This has been a lot of fun and we plan to continue this fun and rewarding contest. 

Speaking of rewarding, we want to congratulate Theresa Wyatt, whose winning 53-word story from August 2016, “Gettysburg, July, 1863,” was selected for inclusion in MICROFICTION: Exceptionally Short Stories, to be published by W.W. Norton in 2018.

Flash fiction is becoming more and more popular not because we have less time to read, in my opinion, but because readers are discovering how powerful great writing can be in a short amount of space and time. In that spirit, we are introducing our new monthly Flash Fiction Contest, with a $7 reading fee (a prime number) and a $251 First Prize (a prime number) plus publication for our winner. I will be judging the inaugural contest for July 2017, and we will feature a new judge each month. Unlike the 53-Word Story Contest, the Flash Fiction Contest will have no prompt. Writers choose their own theme and topic. Send us your best unpublished work.

Finally, you’ll get a chance to meet Seth Michelson and John Matthew Fox, our guest editors for Issue 127, which will kick off the New Year on January 1. They are both accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction from now until September 30.

That’s a wrap! From everyone at Prime Number Magazine and Press 53, we wish you a safe and adventurous summer!

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

Prime Number Magazine
Issue 109
July – September 2017

Selections from Joseph Mills
Guest Editor

“The Dappled Horses of Pech-Merle” by Lori Lamothe
“If Every Word Is an Elegy to What It Signifies” by Lois Harrod
“Magic” by D.G. Geis

Plus by Invitation of the Guest Editor
Three poems by Shaindel Beers
"The Sword Swallower and the Fire Eater Make Love"
"When I Was Bluebeard’s Wife"
"Little Red Cap Understands at Last"

Remembering two luminaries of our writing community
Kathryn Stripling Byer and Susan Laughter Meyers

Selections from Jen McConnell
Guest Editor

​“The Home Thing” by Siamak Vossoughi
“Just Between Us” by Jacqueline Doyle
“Manhattanhenge” by Maria Brandt

Plus by Invitation of the Guest Editor
A story by  Lou Gaglia​
"Aisle Worker of the Year"

Winners of the FREE monthly 53-Word Story Contest!
​Read our most recent winner and a few of our past winners

Enter the Inaugural Monthly Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest
$251 First Prize plus publication in an upcoming issue!

Meet Our Editors for Issue 127, January – March 2018

Seth Michelson, Guest Editor for Poetry

John Matthew Fox, Guest Editor for Short Fiction

Submit your poetry or short fiction now for Issue 127
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"Canada Wild-rye overlooking Green Bay," copyright © 2003 by Kevin Morgan Watson