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Issue 97, July – September  2016
Prime Number Magazine
Issue 97, July – September 2016

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

Welcome to Issue No. 97 of Prime Number Magazine: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Guest editor: Stacy R. Nigliazzo

Maria Terrone
     Isadora's Lament

Mimi Herman
     How I Wait

Ty Stumpf
     First Allowance

Guest editor: Liz Prato with Wendy J. Fox

Karen Karlitz
     Catching Fleas

Ron MacLean
     I Could Fill a Biscuit Bowl

Sam Richardson
     You're Little More than an Apple Core

Meet our guest editors for Issue 103

Poetry: Wendy Willis
​     Meet Wendy and read her poem "The Half-Life of Strawberries"

Short Fiction: Steve Mitchell
     Meet Steve and read his short story "Trouble in Mind"

Click here to submit your poem or short story

Winners and Finalists of the 2016 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction

53-Word Story Contest
     Winning stories by:
     Tripp Reade, "Circle of Life"
     Skip Keith, "In Passing"
     Bill McStowe, "Snow Angels"
     Peter Wise, "Honeybees"
     Teena Shields, "Warm Heart"
     and more . . .

Dear Reader,

Happy Birthday to us! We begin our sixth year of publication with our first issue containing poems and stories selected by guest editors. I thank you for being patient while we made the adjustment to our new format.

This is an exciting issue. We have new poetry, new short fiction, winners of our free monthly 53-Word Story Contest, and the announcement of winners for the 2016 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction, who will be published in Issue 101 on October 1, 2016.

For this issue, guest editors, Stacy R. Nigliazzo (poetry) and Liz Prato (short fiction), read submissions that came in from January 1 until March 31. The short fiction entries were so numerous that Liz called in fellow Press 53 author Wendy J. Fox, winner of the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, to help her get through them all before her May 31 deadline. As a team, they selected short stories by Karen Karlitz, Ron MacLean, and Sam Richardson, who told us that this is her first fiction publication. Congratulations, Sam! Stacy selected poems from Maria Terrone, Mimi Herman (who made an appearance in Issue 67), and Ty Stumpf (winner of our October 2015 53-Word Story Contest).

Speaking of which, You can read all the winners of our 53-Word Story Contest, dating back to September 2015, on the 53-Word Story page. We publish the winning story in Prime Number Magazine and send the winner a free copy of the judge’s latest book. The winner of our June contest (write a 53-word story about a bug) will be named by our judge, Jodi Paloni, by July 7, and will be published at that time, along with the winner’s 53-word bio. Visit the 53-Word Story page, and while you are there, check out the prompt for July and send us your story. It’s free and it’s a lot of fun.

If you are a poet and have a manuscript, consider entering the 2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry, which will remain open until July 31. Our judge is Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, who personally reads every manuscript without the help of preliminary judges. Our winner receives publication, a $1,000 advance, and a quarter-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine.

If you are a writer of poetry or short fiction, Prime Number Magazine is now accepting submissions for Issue 103, which will be published on January 1, 2017, with guest editors Wendy Willis (poetry) and Steve Mitchell (short fiction). Submissions are only accepted through Submittable, the best online submission manager on the planet, which makes your job and ours easier and more rewarding. If you are not familiar with our guest editors, we have their bios along with a poem from Wendy and a short story from Steve, in this issue.

Enjoy Issue 97 of Prime Number Magazine, and thank you for your support and for sharing us with your friends.

Best regards,

Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Press 53
Prime Number Magazine