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ISSUE 157, July — September 2019

(a Press 53 publication)

Our ninth Anniversary issue!

Since July 1, 2010, Prime Number Magazine has been home to distinctive poetry and short fiction from around the world.

We thank our readers and writers for their continued support.

Browse our selections by clicking on the author photo or the title of the poem or story. 

Winners of our Flash Fiction Contest

The Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest runs quarterly with a $353 First Prize, $151 Second Prize, and $53 Third Prize. The July–September 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

Judged by the Prime Number Magazine / Press 53 editorial team

Winner receives a free book from Press 53

Current winners are listed below with the (53-word story prompt) in parentheses

April 2019 (foolishness):    “Guts” by Brian Rosten

April 2019 (foolishness): “Guts” by Brian Rosten

June 2019 (repetition):    “Borborygmus” by Jacqui Brown

June 2019 (repetition): “Borborygmus” by Jacqui Brown

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.

Guest Editor for Poetry

Hedy Habra

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Hedy Habra was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She is fluent in several languages and taught Spanish at Western Michigan University. He new collection of poems is The Taste of the Earth (July 2019, Press 53). Her previous collections include Under Brushstrokes, finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award and the International Book Award for Poetry, and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the 2014 USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Book Award for Poetry.

Guest Editor for Short Fiction

Stephanie Carpenter

Stephanie Carpenter is the author of Missing Persons, winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. She was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. Her current project, a pair of novellas about professional female artists in nineteenth-century New England, has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan Tech University, in the northernmost reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Meet Our Guest Editors for Issue 167, Jan-Mar 2020

(Submissions are open July 1 through September 30 at Submittable)

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Stacy R. Nigliazzo is the author of Sky the Oar, a new collection of poems from Press 53 (Fall 2018). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including the American Journal of Nursing, Bellevue Literary Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ilanot Review, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Thrush Poetry Journal. Her first collection of poems, Scissored Moon, won First Place in the 2014 American Journal of  Nursing Book of the Year Awards in Public Interest and Creative Works. She lives in Houston, Texas, and has worked as an emergency room nurse for the past twelve years.

Joseph Mills is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. He has published six collections of poetry, including Exit, pursued by a bear, which consists of poems triggered by stage directions in Shakespeare, and This Miraculous Turning, which was awarded the North Carolina Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry for its exploration of race and family. In April 2019 he published his debut collection of short fiction, Bleachers: Fifty-Four Linked Fictions with Press 53.

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)

In literature: poetry and prose that is distinctive and unique (Prime Number Magazine)

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.