Prime Number Magazine
is a publication of 
Press 53
PO Box 30314,
Winston-Salem NC 27130

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 29 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors (or jump to the Table of Contents)

Dear Readers,

We’ve got a great new issue for you—Number 29 is the second issue of our THIRD YEAR.

We continue to bring you distinctive poetry and prose: short stories by Frank Scozzari, Ron Capps, Mary Akers, and Justin Van Kleeck; essays by Lorrie Lykins, Gabriella Burman, and Terry Barr; craft essays by Wendi E. Berry and Jody Forrester; poetry by Aviva Englander Cristy, Regina Coll, Austin Kodra, and Shelby Stephenson; a review of Rebecca Dunham’s “The Flight Cage”; and an interview with Andrew Scott. Plus, we present the quarterly winner of Press 53’s 53-word Story contest! Our beautiful cover photo is by Joachim Liedtke

We are currently reading submissions for the Issue 29 updates, Issue 31, and beyond. Please visit our Submit page and send us your distinctive poetry and prose. We’re looking for flash fiction and nonfiction up to 1,000 words, stories and essays up to 5,000 words (note that this is an increase from our previous limit), poems, book reviews, craft essays, short drama, ideas for interviews, and cover art that reflects the number of a particular issue (we’re looking for a “31” right now). If we’ve had to decline your submission, please forgive us and try again!

A number of readers have asked how they might comment on the work they read in the magazine. We’ll look into adding that feature in the future. In the meantime if you are moved to comment I would encourage you to send us an email ( and we’ll pass your thoughts along to the contributors. Similarly, if you are a publisher and would like to send us ARCs for us to consider for reviews, please contact us at the above email address. We’re especially interested in reviewing new, recent, or overlooked books from small presses.

One more thing: Prime Number Magazine is published by Press 53, a terrific small press helping to keep literature alive. Please support independent presses and bookstores.

The Editors

Frank Scozzari
The Arrow of Light

Ron Capps

Mary Akers
Treasures Few Have Ever Seen

Justin Van Kleeck
How Patti Lost the Weight

Jodi Barnes
Reconstruction, a 53-word Story

Lorrie Lykins
Dive Bar

Gabriella Burman
If I should disappear the day after I write this . . .

Terry Barr
Race You!


Aviva Englander Cristy
The Simple Fact of Waking
What She Never Owned

Regina Coll
God's Pocket
Autobiography Since Oz

Austin Kodra
Parentless, In Our Childhood Homes
Pneuma Airlines
New Year's Resolution, March 20, 2012

Shelby Stephenson
Pecan Cake
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Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine
Issue 29, October-December 2012
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

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Jody Forrester
Moving Through Time: Scene, Summary, Flashbacks, Backstory, and
Transitions in Short Stories

Wendi E. Berry
Evil Women Characters--How Writing Them Tempts the Reader to Feel

Paul David Adkins
Review of Rebecca Dunham's "The Flight Cage"


Interview with Andrew Scott, author of Naked Summer

Joachim Liedtke
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