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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 47 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors (or jump to the Table of Contents)

Dear Readers,

It's time for another issue! And we think it's a good one.

But FIRST! Contests! You need to know about the Contests! There's the FREE contest: You write a 53-word story based on a prompt and you might win a book from Press 53. That happens EVERY MONTH! Go here for details.

But there's also our new Prime Number Magazine Awards--over $2,000 in prizes plus publication for the winners in five categories: Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction, and Poetry. Deadline is March 31. For complete guidelines and information about our fabulous judges, go here.

To see work from previous issues, check out the Archives, or order Editors' Selections Volumes 1, 2  and 3, shipping now from Press 53. These three volumes are beautiful books and contain some excellent poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Plus, Volume 3 has an interview with Pam Houston that you won't find anywhere else.

In Issue 47, we continue to bring you distinctive poetry and prose: short stories about love in Antarctica and poetry on Mars; poems about war and birdsong; essays about basketball and cellphones; an interview with Joseph Daniel Haske, author of North Dixie Highway; and reviews of two novels. Our cover photo is by Ray Scanlon.

We are currently reading submissions for Issue 47 updates, Issue 53, 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 750 words, stories and essays up to 5,000 words, poems, book reviews, craft essays, short drama, ideas for interviews, and cover art that reflects the number of a particular issue. 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.

Lastly, we'll be at the AWP Conference in Seattle. Stop by to say Hi!

The Editors

Andrew Bourelle
Blood Falls

Rachel Joseph
While You Shower

Kenneth Nichols
The Confession of the First Poet on Mars

Elisavietta Ritchie
The Scotch Runner


Michael Backus
Hoosier Hysteria

Jason Kapcala
The Enormous Cell Phone

Stephanie C. Martin
Postcards from London


Lorene Delany-Ullman
Another Icarus
Meditation on my Late-Deafened Mother

Stephen S. Power
Leap to Able
Mother of Apples
Witch of the Pines

Peg Robarchek
Local Woman in the Check-out Line at the Second-hand Store
Clearing Out
Listening for Birdsong in the Distance

Jonathan Travelstead
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Issue 47, January-March 2014
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Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine
Issue 47, January-March 2014
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

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Clifford Garstang
Review of Jacob M. Appel's The Biology of Luck

Daniel Mendoza
Review of Joseph Daniel Haske's North Dixie Highway


Daniel Mendoza
Interview with Joseph Daniel Haske

Ray Scanlon
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The Prime Number Magazine Awards
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