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ISSUE 151, april — june 2019

(a Press 53 publication)

Prime Number Magazine is home to distinctive poetry and short fiction from writers around the world. Browse our selections by clicking on the author's photo or title of the poem or story. 


Winners of our Flash Fiction Contest

Please note: Beginning January 1, 2019, our Flash Fiction Contest began operating quarterly with a $353 First Prize, a $151 Second Prize, and a $53 Third Prize. Winners from January–March will appear in Issue 157, July-September 2019. The April 1–June 30 contest is now open for submissions with a low $7 entry fee. Enter now at Submittable.


Winners of our FREE Monthly 53-Word Story Contest

Winner receives a free book by that month's judge


Editors' Selections

Each issue, we ask our guest editors to select their favorite poems or stories from those submitted during our open submission period. Submissions are free and only accepted through Submittable. Here are the guest editors for Issue 151, April-June 2019.

Guest Editor for Poetry

Holly iglesias

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Holly Iglesias is the author of Sleeping Things and two other collections, Souvenirs of a Sunken World and Angles of Approach, and a critical work, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry. She has taught at University of North Carolina-Asheville and University of Miami, focusing on documentary and archival poetry, and she translated the work of Cuban poet Caridad Atencio. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Cultural Council, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Guest Editor for Short Fiction

Kevin c. jones

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Kevin C. Jones is the author of Collateral Damage: Stories.  His work has been featured in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including The New York TimesRed, White, and True: The American Military Story from World War II to Present; and  the Press 53 anthologies Home of the Brave: Stories in Uniform and Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand. A former Marine, he holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and a PhD from the University of Florida. He lives and works in Florida’s Tampa Bay area.  


Meet Our Guest Editors for Issue 163, Oct-Dec 2019

(Submissions are open April 1 through June 30 at Submittable)

Poetry

Read  “House of My Disillusions” from  The Arrows That Choose Us       Marilyn Annucci ’s poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including  Prairie Schooner ,  Rattle ,  North American Review  and  Indiana Review . She is the author of  Luck , a chapbook from Parallel Press, and  Waiting Room , winner of the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Her poetry collection  The Arrows That Choose Us  won the 2018 Press 53 Award for Poetry. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, Marilyn worked for years as an editor and writer before earning an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Read “House of My Disillusions” from The Arrows That Choose Us

Marilyn Annucci’s poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Prairie Schooner, Rattle, North American Review and Indiana Review. She is the author of Luck, a chapbook from Parallel Press, and Waiting Room, winner of the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Her poetry collection The Arrows That Choose Us won the 2018 Press 53 Award for Poetry. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, Marilyn worked for years as an editor and writer before earning an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Short Fiction

Read  “He Who Fights with Monsters” from  O Monstrous World!       Josh Woods  is an author, editor, professor, and podcaster. He loves monsters, myth, storytelling, comedy, combat, and crafts. In addition to his novel,  The Black Palace , he has edited three anthologies of fiction and has published genre and literary short stories, creative non-fiction, and craft essays in numerous journals, magazines, and collections. His most recent publication is  O Monstrous World! , a story collection from Press 53.   His awards include Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year, Press 53 Open Awards for Genre Fiction, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize. He teaches in Illinois and hails from Kentucky.

Read “He Who Fights with Monsters” from O Monstrous World!

Josh Woods is an author, editor, professor, and podcaster. He loves monsters, myth, storytelling, comedy, combat, and crafts. In addition to his novel, The Black Palace, he has edited three anthologies of fiction and has published genre and literary short stories, creative non-fiction, and craft essays in numerous journals, magazines, and collections. His most recent publication is O Monstrous World!, a story collection from Press 53. His awards include Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year, Press 53 Open Awards for Genre Fiction, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize. He teaches in Illinois and hails from Kentucky.


prime number

any integer other than 0 or ± 1 that is not divisible without remainder by any other integers except ± 1 and ± the integer itself (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary)

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Prime Number Magazine is a Press 53 publication, founded by Clifford Garstang and Kevin Morgan Watson on July 1, 2010, beginning with Issue 2 and continuing in prime numbers.