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

Prime Number seeks to publish distinctive work, regardless of theme, form, or style. Contributors will include both emerging and established writers. Quarterly online issues will feature fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book-reviews, interviews, and essays on craft. 

Between issues we will, from time to time, post Prime Decimals, consisting of flash fiction, flash non-fiction, and shorter poems. The annual print issue will include the editors’ selections from work that has appeared in the quarterly issues and Prime Decimals.

  • We will only accept submissions uploaded through the links below. Please do not send submissions as attachments to emails. 

  • Only original work will be considered. 

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please inform us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. 

  • Please limit your submissions to three in a year. 

  • We will use our best efforts to respond to submissions within two months, but occasionally it will take a little longer.

Contributors will receive no cash compensation, but will receive one copy of a Press 53 book. Contributors whose work is included in the print annual will also receive one copy of the annual, along with the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a discount. (Proceeds from the print annual will be used to defray the cost of the magazine.) Contributors will grant, via a simple agreement, electronic serial rights, including perpetual archiving, plus first North American serial rights (for the print annual).

Fiction: We will consider short fiction of no more than 5,000 words, on any subject, in any style. Submit only one short fiction submission at a time, or up to three flash fictions (no more than 750 words each).
Go here to submit.

Nonfiction: We will consider nonfiction (personal essays, memoir, creative nonfiction, etc.) of no more than 5,000 words (4,000 words for craft essays), on any subject, in any style. Submit only one nonfiction submission at a time, or up to three short essays (no more than 1,000 words each).
Go here to submit.

Book reviews and interviews: please query the Book Review Editor first

Poetry:  We are temporarily closed to regular submissions in poetry. Please consider submitting to our annual contest. See Guidelines.

Cover Art: Each issue of the magazine will include one or more photographs or other pieces of art representing the number of that issue. Look at past issues for examples.
Go here to submit.

Books for Review: Authors and publishers who wish to have their books considered for review should send review copies to the Book Review Editor, Prime Number Magazine, 834 9th Ave. S, St. Petersburg FL 33701. PDF and digital copies may be sent to We are not able to review self-published books. 
Have a question about submitting to Prime Number that isn't addressed to the left?

Contact our editors.
General Inquiries
Clifford Garstang
Poetry Editor
Valerie Nieman
Fiction Editor
Jon Chopan

Book Review Editor
Brandon Shuler
Nonfiction Editor
Amy Monticello