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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 83 of Prime Number Magazine: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Dear Reader,

There is a new Prime Number Magazine for 2016.

After more than five years at the helm, Clifford Garstang, co-founder and editor in chief of Prime Number Magazine, is stepping down so he can give more attention and focus to his own writing. Cliff’s novel in stories, What the Zhang Boys Know, won the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction and the Indiana Emerging Authors Award, all while he organized and ran the general operations of this publication. Now that he will have more time to focus on his current novel, I’m looking forward to seeing where it will take him.

Also stepping down, and for the same reason as Cliff, is Valerie Nieman, author of Hotel Worthy, who has been Prime Number Magazine’s poetry editor since our first issue back in July of 2010.

I thank Cliff and Val for their valuable contributions these past five-plus years and wish them both the very best.

With this major change in management at Prime Number Magazine, as publisher, and now temporary editor in chief, I felt it was a good time to rethink the magazine’s format to bring it more in line with Press 53’s own publishing model.

With that goal in mind, beginning with this issue, Prime Number Magazine will publish poetry and short fiction only. We will no longer publish nonfiction or book reviews. I want to thank our nonfiction editors, beginning with Margaret MacInnis, who was followed by Tracy Crow and Amy Monticello. Thank you all for your valuable contributions. 

For future issues we will shift to a guest editor format, which means we will also be saying goodbye to fiction editor Jon Chopan. We thank him for his valuable contributions and wish him well.

Prime Number Magazine will also become a quarterly publication with no periodic updates (“Prime Decimals” will no longer be published every few weeks). The magazine will also remain free to subscribers.

Each quarterly issue will feature a guest editor for poetry and short fiction, and these guest editors will be selected from Press 53’s own pool of authors. Each editor will find (by way of Submittable, our online submission manager) three pieces to publish in their assigned issue. Submissions will open quarterly for a three-month period. Authors whose poems and short stories are selected for publication will receive a copy of the respective guest judge's book that was published by Press 53.

Our first guest editors are Stacy R. Nigliazzo for poetry and Liz Prato for short fiction. Stacy and Liz will be reading submissions from January 1–March 31, with the poems and stories they select appearing in Issue 97, July 2016.

In this current issue, you can get to know our guest editors by reading three poems from Stacy and a story by Liz, so we can introduce our readers to their works.

Submissions for Issue 97 of Prime Number Magazine are now open, and there is no submission fee. Go to our Submittable submissions page to read our guidelines and submit your poem or story.

Changes are also coming to the Prime Number Magazine Awards.

The 2016 Prime Number Magazine Awards, which is now open, offers two categories: Poetry and Short Fiction, both with a $1,000 First Prize plus publication. The reading fee is $15 and the deadline is April 15. Our judges for 2016 will be former Virginia Poet Laureate Kelly Cherry for poetry and for short fiction Press 53 author and St. Martin’s Press novelist Taylor Brown. Our winning poet and short fiction author will be featured in our October 2016 issue. Finalists will also be considered for publication.

I want to thank you for subscribing to and reading Prime Number Magazine. I hope you embrace our new format and will visit us each quarter to find new works that will entertain and perhaps inspire you in some way.

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. Just drop me an email.

Best wishes to all, and Happy New Year!

Kevin Morgan Watson
Publisher and Editor in Chief
Guest Editor: Stacy R. Nigliazzo
Meet Stacy and read three poems

​Guest Editor: Liz Prato
​Meet Liz and read a story
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Issue 83, January-March 2016

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