* Submissions Opening on August 1st *
The 2023 Perugia Press Prize contest opens for submissions 8/1! 

The prize is for a first or second full-length book of poetry by a woman.

Publication of the winning manuscript comes with
$1,000, author copies, and other support from the press.

We're pleased to continue a fee structure for our contest that
gives poets options on how they submit their work and makes
the contest more accessible to all. Read more on our blog.

We look forward to reading your work!

Emerging BIWOC Poet Spotlight

July 2022 Poet: Claire Meuschke


I learned English on top of an estimated
fifty buried languages
I can dig just inches down and find
obsidian and shells
original daily life
a plum tree produced
overseas thus underdeveloped plums

through language I learned
to disembody my own body
my head hurts as if severed
I learned to relate surroundings to the self
my older sister my twin brother
my best friend my plum tree
my sister ran away
his hands around her neck
see this without eyes
I can possess
I can make a claim
sister brother friend tree
let’s let what surrounds surround

from Upend (Noemi Press)

To read more about this poet and her work, check out our blog.

Melody S. Gee, author of Each Crumbling House,
& her "The Story of My Book" blog post:

Gee talks about the genesis of her Perugia book, writing in multiple genres, converting to Catholicism, her new chapbook
The Convert's Heart is Good to Eat (Driftwood Press, 2022), mothering, and more. Check it out to see why Perugia is a good home for her collection and why it might be one for yours!

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