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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 61 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

It's the Contest Issue! Our inaugural Prime Number Magazine Awards opened for submissions at the beginning of the year. We turned entries over to our judges in the summer and announced the winners in September. We are delighted to present the winners in this issue! Thank you to all the fine writers who submitted work to the contest. We'll be making an announcement very soon about the 2015 contest, so watch for that.

We'd like to thank outstanding judges for the contest: Jacob Appel (Short Story); Ned Stuckey-French (Creative Nonfiction); Kathy Fish (Flash Fiction); Dinty Moore (Flash Nonfiction); and Erica Dawson (Poetry). A round of applause for our judges, please!

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. Volume 4, which includes a previously unpublished interview with Sergio Troncoso will be available soon.

We are currently reading submissions for Issue 61 updates, Issue 67, 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!

Readers sometimes ask 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.

Clifford Garstang
SHORT STORY (Judged by Jacob Appel)

First Prize
Gerry Wilson

Second Prize
Jeff Weddle
A Simple Enquiry

Third Prize
Amy Foster Myer
Her Back Is to Us

FLASH FICTION (Judged by Kathy Fish)

First Prize
Suzanne McConnell
The Heavenly Editorial Offices

Second Prize
James Keegan
Last Exit Before Toll

Third Prize
Ronald Jackson
The Big Jump
CREATIVE NONFICTION (Judged by Ned Stuckey-French)

First Prize
Sheila Webster Boneham
A Question of Corvids

Second Prize​
Emily Rosenbaum
The Green Light at the End of the Dock

Third Prize
Laurie Easter
Her Body, a Wilderness

Flash Nonfiction (Judged by Dinty Moore)

First Prize
Emma Bolden
About My Tenth Year as a Human Being

Second Prize
Pamela Rothbard
Vinyl: A Triptych

Third Prize
Laura Ruth Loomis
Ghost House
POETRY (Judged by Erica Dawson)

First Prize
Laura Haynes

Second Prize​
Amy Lerman  
Had We Known Our Time

Third Prize​
Elizabeth Drewry
A Marriage from Six Angles

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Issue 61, October-December 2014
The 2014 Prime Number Magazine Awards
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