Palette Poetry endeavors to uplift and engage emerging and established poets in our larger community.

The world is eager for poets. In 2016, more people spent their hard earned money on poetry books than any other year on record. When times are dark, the world always turns to poets for empathy, for answers, for words, bucking and new.

Palette Poetry is here to paint our small part of the world with truth through poetry, as hopeful and eviscerating as truth can be.

We have no particular aesthetic vision or mission except to create a safe and encouraging space for all voices. Our goal is to simply find and publish the best poetry we can, no matter its roots in craft.

By submitting to Palette Poetry, submitters agree to receive correspondence about future work and submission opportunities from Palette Poetry. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Dear poets,


MFA Application season is upon us! Applying to programs can be a daunting undertaking, and it's one that no one should have to navigate alone. The success of a poetry sample is entirely subjective, and the statement of purpose is an elusive form with no clear guidelines. To that end, we're offering an inaugural MFA Application Workshop to help you refine your application materials. Submit 5 pages of your poetry sample and your statement of purpose and our editors will provide professional feedback, advice, and community support. Please note that this opportunity is specifically for applicants in poetry. 


This is an entirely online, asynchronous opportunity to have some of your application materials read and edited by poet-editors who know this system inside and out. They will apply their expertise—both as poets with MFA's and as seasoned editors and MFA faculty—to provide feedback that will help you be the strongest applicant you can be. A significant portion of the lab fee goes directly to our editor partners. 

 
I hope you'll join us!

in community,
Sarah Ghazal Ali


participants receive:

  • a 2-4 page editorial letter from an editor with specific suggestions and developmental edits on 5 pages of your poetry sample and your statement of purpose
  • free submission in a forthcoming Palette Poetry contest
  • Palette-organized critique partners/critique groups with other interested applicants 
  • All writers will receive feedback no later than November.

submission guidelines:

  • please submit a partial sample (no more than 5 pages) of your poetry packet & a draft of your statement of purpose (no more than 2 pages)
  • please submit a cover letter to give us a sense of you, where you hope to apply, and any relevant context or questions surrounding your application.


our editors:

Taylor Byas is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is now a PhD candidate and Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati, an Associate Editor for The Cincinnati Review, and an Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus. She is the 1st place winner of the 2020 Poetry Super Highway, the 2020 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contest, and the 2021 Adrienne Rich Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the 2020 Frontier OPEN Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Bloodwarm from Variant Lit, a second chapbook, Shutter, from Madhouse Press, and her debut full-length, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times, forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in August of 2023. She is also a coeditor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol X: Alabama, forthcoming from Texas Review Press, and Poemhood: Our Black Revival, a YA anthology forthcoming from HarperCollins. She is represented by Rena Rossner of the Deborah Harris Agency.

Joshua Roark serves as faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles’ MFA program, where he teaches poetry and pedagogy. He is the founder and editor of Frontier Poetry, and his chapbook of sonnets, Put One Hand Up Lean Back, was published by Unsolicited Press.


FAQ:


How much interaction will I have with the editors?

  • Each participant will be assigned one editor who receives their application sample. For accessibility and ease, we've designed this program to be completely asynchronous and digital—you will submit your sample, and the editors will read it, write their feedback, and send it back. After that, any continued conversation is at the editor's personal discretion.


Will this help me get into MFA programs?

  • That's the goal, though of course, there are no gaurantees. The goal is to give you the tools you need to take your application to the next level, and ensure you have the best chance possible of success.


Will I have to use zoom or talk to anyone on the phone?

  • Nope! This will be handled entirely through Submittable. 


Can I purchase a spot for a friend?

  • Yes, please feel more than welcome. Just make sure to make clear in your cover letter what you're doing and put us in contact with that poet.


We’re delighted to bring back the Love & Eros Prize for 2022, awarding $3000 and publication! Love engulfs us, desire rules us. We encourage love poems beyond the confines of what’s traditionally “romantic.” Rather, we’re seeking unflinching examinations of our sharpest human sensations—those of desire, longing, devotion, and intimacy. All iterations of love are welcome—send us your bitter and your sweet, your queer, platonic, reverent, and devotional.


The winner will be selected by our guest judge, Carl Phillips, author of Then the War (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022).

Carl Phillips is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Then the War (FSG, 2022). Other books include The Tether, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and Double Shadow, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  His prose books are The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (2014) and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (2004), and he has translated Sophocles’s Philoctetes (2004).  A finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, his other honors include the Lambda Literary Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets, for which he served as Chancellor from 2006-2012. In addition to contemporary poetry and the writing of it, his academic interests include classical philology, translation, and the history of prosody in English.


Palette's editors will choose the ten finalists and any honorable mentions that warrant extra attention. Our judge will then select the winner and runner-ups. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.


Submission Guidelines: please read carefully to ensure your submission will be considered!

  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—inclusion of other languages is welcome, as long as the meat of the poem is in English.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or identifying information in the document OR submission title. If your name is on the submission or in the title, it will be declined unread.
  • We are only accepting unpublished work. If your poem has been published on a blog or on social media, it is not eligible.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (we want to say congrats!)
  • There is no page requirement, but submission must be no more than 3 poems. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • We do accept multiple submissions, but each submission will include the $20 reading fee.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history, if any. This is where you can include your name and/or bio! If you select the editorial feedback option, this is also where you can name which poem you'd like feedback on.
  • Review our FAQ page for frequently asked questions for anything not addressed here. 
  • Contest closes on October 16, 2022.



included unique opportunities & discounts
As a thank you for your support for Palette, we'd like to offer these unique opportunities:
The Poetry School is offering every submitter a 20% off discount code (average of $28 value) to one of their online courses! Head to their platform, find a course you're interested in, and use the code included in the confirmation message at checkout.
The Writing Salon is offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class. Go to https://www.writingsalons.com/ to find a class and type in the code in the confirmation during checkout.

editorial feedback options
The single letter option costs $59 and will provide you with two pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice from the submission, including suggestions for future submissions. 


The three-letter option costs $149 and will provide you with six pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice from the submission, including suggestions for future submissions, from THREE separate guest editors.
Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional poets.

Submissions for our Featured Poetry category are open year-round to poets at any stage of their careers. We highly encourage new and emerging poets to submit.

We are thrilled to offer significant payment to our partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. We are proud to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

We also warmly invite under-represented and marginalized writers to submit. Our aim is to be an accurate representation of the diversity of our beautiful community. Your voice is valued here.

  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the meat of the poem is in English.
  • Please do NOT include your name or identifying information anywhere within your packet of poems. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (we want to say congrats!)
  • Submission must be no more than 5 poems and must not exceed 10 pages.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history, if any.
  • Expect 3 months for a response. Please do not ask for an update on your submission until four months have passed.

Dear poets,

The 2019 Diversity in Publishing survey found that, on average, 80% of decision-makers in the publishing industry are Cis, Straight, White, and Able-bodied. This inevitably creates systematized discrimination in terms of who gets published—without active and deliberate measures, the historically marginalized will continue to be marginalized. Urgent, innovative voices will continue to be passed over and dismissed. 

We at Palette Poetry hope to use our platform to actively begin demolishing the discriminatory systems that pervade the publishing industry.  To that end, we welcome Black writers, Indigenous writers, and writers of color (BIPOC) to submit through this category for a quick decision made directly by the editors. We'll do our best to return a decision on your poetry within 2-4 weeks. 


Sending every good wish your way,

Sarah & the Palette team


Guidelines:

  • Submissions are open internationally, for historically marginalized BIPOC writers ONLY. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • Submissions must be no more than 5 poems and must not exceed 10 pages.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history, if any.
  • Expect 2-4 weeks for a response.
  • Publication in our Featured Poetry series includes a $50 per poem payment.
Palette Poetry