Persea Books is now accepting entries to the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize , which offers the winning poet one thousand dollars, publication of her poetry collection, and, for the first time this year, a six-week residency in Italy. The all-expenses-paid retreat will take place at the Civitella Ranieri Center , a fifteenth century castle in Italy's Umbria region.
The contest is open to women poets who have not yet published a book-length collection. The deadline for manuscripts, which should be forty-six to ninety-eight pages, is November 1. The winner, to be announced in January, is chosen by an anonymous selection committee.
The award is a collaborative effort between Persea Books, independent publisher of collections by poets such as Sarah Gambito , Marie Howe, and Thylias Moss , and the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project, named for the late poet Lexi Rudnitsky, author of A Doorless Knocking Into Night (Mid-List Press, 2005).