Perugia Press Prize

for a First or Second Book by a Woman

The winner of the Perugia Press Prize receives:

  • Book publication and a $1,000 prize
  • Ten author copies and an ongoing discount of 50% off of the cover price for additional copies
  • Time to work with the editor to create a book she loves with input into book editing, design & promotion
  • Mentoring from the Perugia Poet Liaison during the publication and promotion of her book
  • Review copies and entry copies to a range of post-publication contests, provided and sent by the Press
  • Some book launch events planned by the Press, with a partial travel stipend and reading honorariums provided
  • Ongoing publicity support through our website, newsletter, and social media
  • Exposure through Press attendance at local and national book fairs to promote the work of Perugia poets

Eligibility:

  • Poets must be women, which is inclusive of transgender women and female-identified individuals. Because gender inequity still occurs in publishing, it is part of our explicit feminist mission to support and promote women’s voices in print.
  • Perugia Press seeks to highlight marginalized and underrepresented voices in our publications, and to that end we encourage submissions written by poets of all abilities, ages, and sexual orientations, and from across all cultural, socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.
  • Poets must have no more than one previously published full-length book. You are still eligible if you have published a poetry chapbook/s or books in other genres. You are still eligible if you have published more than one full-length poetry collection in a language other than English.
  • Perugia Press welcomes diversity of expression in content, form, and language. We are open to considering hybrid manuscripts, including those incorporating visuals or created in collaboration.
  • Individual poems may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Translations of the work of others and previously self-published books are not eligible.
  • Submissions from poets living outside the U.S. are not eligible, though international submissions from poets based in the U.S. but away during our contest period are fine. As a small press, we are not able to support the promotion of our books on a global scale.
  • Poets may not be a close friend or colleague of the editor/director as she facilitates the contest and takes part in the final decision about the winning manuscript.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine. Notify Perugia Press through Submittable if accepted elsewhere.

Guidelines:

  • Manuscripts must be submitted between August 1 and November 15.
  • Manuscripts are generally between 45-85 pages. Please submit manuscripts that fall within or close to this page count.
  • Use a legible font, and include page numbers on each page and in the table of contents.
  • One poem per page (this means don’t place multiple poems on one page; single poems that are multiple pages in length are fine).
  • We read anonymously. Remove identifying material (name, address, email, bio, publications acknowledgements, etc.).
  • We only accept online submissions. Follow all application instructions to upload your manuscript to our page on Submittable.
  • Save manuscript as a single electronic file in .pdf format (e.g. poems.pdf). Other accepted formats are .doc or .docx (MSWord).
  • Cover letter and bio may be added, but are not required. Publications acknowledgments may be included in “cover letter” box also, but should be excluded from the manuscript itself.
  • A non-refundable entry fee of $27 must accompany each submission. You may submit more than one manuscript; each is considered separately and must include a separate entry fee. Make your payment on the secure Submittable site. NOTE: Submission fees are integral to our operations and go directly toward the mission and work of our small press. Thank you for your support!
  • Winner is announced by April 1. We announce the results, including semi-finalists, finalists, and the winner, via our newsletter, this website, and on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. If you submitted and did not hear back, please check your spam or those places.

Judging:

  • To be certain that manuscripts receive fair consideration, all manuscripts are submitted to the judging panel anonymously.
  • Our judging panel varies year to year; many poets submit in subsequent years and always receive a fresh look at their work.
  • All readers are trusted and respected by Perugia Press, and we are committed to inclusive representation within our judging panel.
  • At least two readers review every submission, at each stage of the process.
  • We adhere to the CLMP Ethics Statement. See below.

Ethics Statement:

We endorse and agree to comply with the following statement released by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:

  1. conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
  2. provide clear and specific contest guidelines - defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
  3. make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.

This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Perugia Press Prize

for a First or Second Book by a Woman

Eligibility:

  • See above for all eligibility requirements

Process for submitting:

  • See above for all submission requirements

Submitter book order opportunity:

  • This is only a special opportunity, NOT a requirement in any way. If interested in buying a book from our catalog at the time of submission, we are offering a special submitter's rate of $13.00 for any book of your choice from the Perugia Press library, and this price includes shipping and handling. You can check out our book selection on our website (https://www.perugiapress.org). If you want to add this opportunity to your submission, please indicate the title of the book you choose in the cover letter box. 

Understanding the status of your submission:

  • Please note that we read for our contest over an extended period of time. Each submission is viewed by at least two different readers to start. When submissions move forward in the process, they are given to another set of two different readers at each new stage. This happens between August 2020-February 2021, during which time we gradually winnow down our submissions to a group of semi-finalists, and then to a group of finalists, and, ultimately, we choose one winner. Your submission will first appear labeled as "Received." When it is assigned to its first readers, its label will change to "In-Progress." Your submission will stay marked as "In-Progress" until we make all the decisions about the contest, but please know that during that time, we will be spending time with your work even though the status appears unchanged on your end. We generally make our final decisions by March 1, but in our guidelines we say that we will have contest results by April 1 to leave us some room in case unforeseen circumstances arise. 

Any questions or concerns?:

  • Contact Editor/Director Rebecca Olander at editor@perugiapress.org


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