Each year Persea Books commemorates poet-activist Lexi Rudnitsky by holding two book contests sponsored by the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project, an organization founded to memorialize Lexi and to promote the type of meaningful poetry in which she so spiritedly believed. 


First Book Prize

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize competition is open to self-identifying women who have yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives publication, an advance of $1,000.00, and publication of her collection by Persea.

In addition, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy.

Submissions are accepted only via Submittable between September 1st and October 31st.

Submission and Eligibility Guidelines:

  •  Entrants must be U.S. citizens and/or currently residing in the United States.
  •  Submitted manuscripts should include a title page, including the title of the submission only, and a paginated table of contents. There should be no identifying material, acknowledgments, or thank-yous on the title page or elsewhere in the submission.
  • Submissions should be at least 40 pages of poetry, which must be primarily in English.
  • For the purposes of this contest, a previously published full-length book of poems is defined as a volume of more than 40 pages that has been made readily available through trade distribution (i.e. local and/or on-line booksellers, including Amazon.com).

Editor’s Choice Award

The Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award competition is open to any poet who has previously published at least one full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00, publication of his/her collection by Persea, and a stipend of $1,000 for expenses related to the promotion of the collection (e.g. travel to and from readings).

Submissions to the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award should be made via Submittable between January 1st and March 7th.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Entrants must be U.S. Citizens and/or currently residing in the United States.
  • Submitted manuscripts should include a title page, including the title of the submission only and a paginated table of contents. There should be no identifying material or thank-yous on the title page or elsewhere in the submission. 
  • Submissions should be at least 40 pages of poetry, which must be primarily in English.
  • New & Selected Poems and Collected Poems are not eligible.
  • For the purposes of this contest, a previously published full-length book of poems is defined as a volume of more than 40 pages that has been made readily available through trade distribution (i.e. local and/or on-line booksellers, including Amazon.com).

The winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award is chosen by Persea’s poetry editor in consultation with an Advisory Committee of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. The winner will be announced on Persea’s web site in April.

NB: No one who has been a graduate student or faculty member in the English Department at the University of Missouri (Columbia) since 2008 is eligible for this award.

 


Winners

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry

The Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award


About Lexi Rudnitsky

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Lexi Rudnitsky (1972–2005) grew up outside of Boston. She studied at Brown University and Columbia University, where she wrote poetry and cultivated a profound relationship with a lineage of women poets that extends from Muriel Rukeyser to Heather McHugh. Her own poems exhibit both a playful love of language and a fierce conscience. Her writing appeared in The Antioch ReviewColumbia: A Journal of Literature and ArtThe NationThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewPequod, and The Western Humanities Review. In 2004, she won the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry from Harpur Palate. She is the author of a book of poems, A Doorless Knocking into Night (Mid-List Press, 2005).


Tax deductible contributions to The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project should be mailed to:

The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project, c/o Persea Books, 277 Broadway, Suite 708, New York, New York, 10007


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