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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 89 of Prime Number Magazine: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Dear Reader,

Welcome to Issue 89 of Prime Number Magazine

We are posting this issue a bit early since we will be leaving the offices this Saturday, March 26, for Los Angeles and the 49th annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. This conference is the largest of its kind on the planet, drawing upwards of 14,000 writers, editors, publishers, teaching professionals, and other literary folk. If you are planning to attend, please stop by booth 530 and say hello. I will be there with around 20 Press 53 authors and editors. 

In our last issue, we talked about Prime Number Magazine changing course to fall in line with the Press 53 model of publishing only poetry and short fiction. We also announced that each forthcoming issue would have guest editors for those categories. 

Our first two guest editors are Stacy R. Nigliazzo (poetry), author of Scissored Moon (A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection), and Liz Prato (short fiction), author of Baby’s on Fire. The submissions they receive through Submittable are keeping them very busy. Submissions will remain open until midnight March 31. Their three selected pieces in each category will appear in Issue 97 on July 1. Everyone who submits to Stacy and Liz will be informed of being accepted for publication or will be encouraged to submit again during the next submission period before July 1. This assures that no one will have to wait more than six months for a decision.

General submissions for Poetry and Short Fiction are free and simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please be sure to withdraw your submission right away should it be accepted elsewhere. This will prevent our guest editors from spending time reading and considering a piece that is no longer available.

Our guest judges for the April-June 2016 submission period will be selecting three pieces each for Issue 101 ( October 1). Our guest judges are Hedy Habra (poetry), author of the award-winning Tea in Heliopolis and her newest collection, Under Brushstrokes, and Gerry Wilson (short fiction), winner of the 2014 Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction for “Mating” and author of Crosscurrents and Other Stories, her debut collection published by Press 53 last November.

To submit work to either Hedy or Gerry, follow this link.

The 2016 Prime Number Magazine Awards will be accepting entries until April 15. Our judges this year are former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Kelly Cherry (poetry), author of several excellent books, including the short fiction collection Twelve Women in a Country Called America, and Taylor Brown (short fiction), author of the story collection In the Season of Blood & Gold, published by Press 53, and his debut novel Fallen Land, out this past January from St. Martin’s Press. Our winners in each category will receive $1,000 plus publication in Issue 101 of Prime Number Magazine. The reading fee for each category is $15.

To submit poetry to Kelly Cherry, follow this link.

To submit a short story to Taylor Brown, follow this link.

For this issue of Prime Number Magazine we offer three poems from Hedy Habra and one story by Gerry Wilson. We hope you enjoy these offerings and will come back to experience more great writing, especially on July 1 when we present our next two guest editors and six new writers chosen for publication by Stacy and Liz.

From everyone at Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine, we wish you a peaceful and plentiful spring!

Kevin Morgan Watson
Publisher and Editor in Chief
Guest Editor: Hedy Habra
Meet Hedy and read three poems

​Guest Editor: Gerry Wilson
Meet Gerry and read a story
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Issue 89, April – June 2016
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Issue 89, April – June 2016

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