Persea Books: The Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award

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Persea Books: The Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award


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.

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 $2,000.00, publication of their collection by Persea.

Submissions to the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award should be made via Submittable between January 1st and March 7th. Extend through March 15th for 2023.

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 48 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
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please withdraw your manuscript(s) from consideration immediately if you plan to publish it elsewhere.

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