A Room of Her Own Foundation  (AROHO), named after one of Virginia Woolf’s prerequisites for a life of writing—the other being money—has created a new opportunity for a woman poet to win some of the latter, plus publication. The organization, which offers the biennial fifty-thousand-dollar Gift of Freedom Award, recently announced the first To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize , a one-thousand-dollar award that includes publication of the winning poetry collection by Red Hen Press .
Poets may submit a 48- to 96-page manuscript by September 30, along with an entry fee of twenty dollars and a cover sheet available on the AROHO Web site. Red Hen Press editor Kate Gale  will judge, and the winner will be announced on November 15.
(For women writers looking to realize a significant project, the next Gift of Freedom Award, given in 2008 to fiction writer Barb Johnson  of New Orleans, will be offered in 2010.)
Later this summer, Persea Books  and Perugia Press  will open their contests for poetry collections by women. Persea Books will accept submissions for its Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize  from September 1 to November 2, and Perugia's Poetry Prize  for a first or second book will run from August 1 to November 15.