The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize

11 June 2007

The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It sponsors the annual publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a book of poems. The winner receives $1000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea.

Submitted manuscripts should include a title page, containing the author’s name, the author’s contact information, and the title of the collection; and a second title page, only the title of the collection. To help ensure impartiality among judges, the author’s name should not appear on any other page of the submission other than the first of those two title pages. Manuscripts should be 50-80 pages and should be paginated, with the title of the collection included on each page as a header or footer, and fastened with a clip. Please do not staple or permanently bind submissions. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned. Submissions must be written in English to be considered. Translations
are not accepted.

Entries must be postmarked between September 1 and October 31. They should be sent to The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize, c/o Persea Books, 853 Broadway, suite 601, New York, NY 10003, and should include a check (in U.S. funds) in the amount of $20.00, made payable to the order of The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project.

The winner is chosen by an anonymous selection committee and announced on Persea’s web site in January.

About Lexi Rudnitsky:
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 Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Pequod, 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). Contributions to The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project can be mailed to

The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project
c/o Wainwright Bank & Trust Co.
One Church Street
Watertown, MA 02472

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