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Welcome to Prime Number Magazine!
Issue 127, January – March 2018
(a Press 53 publication)
Grab a hot drink, a warm blanket, and settle in to read our offerings for the New Year!
Click on the author photo or title of the piece to find your getaway.
We hope 2018 brings you peace, joy, and lots of wonderful stories.
Winners of our monthly Flash Fiction Contest.
Low $7 entry fee (a prime number) and a nice prize of $251 (also a prime number)
Winners of our FREE 53-Word Story Contest
Winner receives a free book by that month's judge
Guest Poetry Editor for Issue 127
Seth Michelson is an award-winning poet, professor, and translator whose collections of poetry include Swimming Through Fire, Eyes Like Broken Windows, House in a Hurricane, Kaddish for My Unborn Son, and Maestro of Brutal Splendor. His translations of poetry include the books The Ghetto (Tamara Kamenszain, Argentina), roly poly (Victoria Estol, Uruguay), Poems from the Disaster (Zulema Moret, Argentina/Spain), Red Song (Melisa Machado, Uruguay), and Dreaming in Another Land (Rati Saxena, India). He currently teaches the poetry of the Americas at Washington and Lee University, as well as in a high-security prison for undocumented, unaccompanied youth.
Guest Short Fiction Editor for Issue 127
John Matthew Fox
John Matthew Fox is the author of I Will Shout Your Name, published by Press 53 in November 2017. He has published in Crazyhorse, Third Coast, Shenandoah, and the Chicago Tribune. He provides editing services and resources for writers at the literary blog Bookfox, which has received mentions from The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and The Huffington Post. He earned an MFA from the University of Southern California and an MA from New York University, but after teaching at the collegiate level for a decade, he decided to focus on Bookfox full time. After traveling to more than forty countries and living in three, he has settled down in Orange County, California, with his wife, twin boys, and six chickens.
For Issue 127, publisher Kevin Morgan Watson would like to share a story with our readers from Roads without Houses, the debut story collection by Joseph Rein, which will be published by Press 53 on March 1, 2018 (available for signed pre-order now). Joseph was a runner-up in the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and it was a close race. So close that Kevin couldn't let this collection slip away. Note: the 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction deadline has been extended until January 31 due to a technical oversight (we forgot to advertise the contest at NewPages.com). Yikes!
Meet Our Guest Editors for Issue 137, July-Sept 2018
(Submissions are open now through March 31 at Submittable)
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