Press 53, a small, independent publisher based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is currently accepting submissions for the Open Awards 2011. The Open Awards provide an opportunity for 16 writers to have their works published in a wide array of genres, including poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, novellas and creative nonfiction. Winners will be selected Friday, July 1, 2011 and receive publication in the Press 53 Open Awards Anthology in October 2011 along with some pretty awesome personalized, etched-glass awards for First Prize winners.

Reading fee is between $15-$25 and all submissions must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2011. Judges in this year's contest include Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Sherrie Flick, Stefanie Freele, Chris Offutt, Bill Roorbach and Josh Weil.

To learn more about Press 53 Open Awards 2011, including submission guidelines and how to enter, click here. And check out this year's (2010) winners, who were announced last month at Press 53's five-year anniversary party, here!