* Submissions Open on August 1st*
The 2022 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 announce a new fee structure for our contest:

Submission fees are integral to our operations and go directly toward the mission and work of our independent, nonprofit literary press. In an effort to remove barriers and make submissions more accessible for all, Perugia Press asks poets to choose the submission rate that works for them: $30 (w/free book), $15 (reduced rate), or fee-free (for poets who are Black, Indigenous, and women of color). NOTE: Until Perugia Press achieves more equitable representation, we'll offer a fee-free submission option for BIWOC poets. This is a reparation and not an assumption of financial need; we intend to do our part to repay BIWOC poets for the extra time and energy it takes to navigate systemic racism in the publishing industry while we help work to dismantle it. Your mode of submitting will have no bearing on our consideration of your manuscript. Thank you for your support!

We look forward to reading your work!

Emerging BIWOC Poet Spotlight 
July 2021 Poet: Shanta Lee Gander

In Fugue Woke States of In-Between

It was really an asylum
They forced us to say

what getting out means,
well tell them, we gonna set

boundaries. Anotha speak 
for protection circles, a kinda 

speak for we set boundaries to 
break others. In the shadow of the

street lights that never go out –
280 Collins Street, in Mama’s lap, in

wherever all things gone missing be –
it wasn’t about any of these places, but

how well you be walking backwards counting 
all the things between wake, fugue, and 

woke, how well you be multilingual 
in signs, fluent in breaking silences,

gain mastery in transmutation, most
important, can you be trickster incarnate?

The mirror reflecting what the world thinks it sees?


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

Perugia Poets Read for the Emily Dickinson Museum
Thursday, July 22, 6-7 EST / 3-4 PST
Perugia poets Lynne Thompson (Beg No Pardon, 2007), Jacqueline Balderrama (Now in Color, 2020), and Ida Stewart (Gloss, 2011) are giving a virtual reading and Q & A this Thursday, July 22 from 6:00-7:00 pm EST (3-4 PST) in the Phosphorescence Reading Series for the Emily Dickinson Museum. The event is free, but you must register in advance! We look forward to being in community with you online on Thursday!

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