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.

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.

Our landscape has exploded with presses and magazines in recent years with the advent of digital publications—so many good poems have been circulated and celebrated, but others have been forgotten, overlooked, and deserve a new life. We want to shine a light upon the poems that you love but feel are no longer receiving the attention or recognition they deserve. The winner will be awarded $3000, publication of the winning poem, a brief interview in Palette Poetry, and a limited edition broadside of the poem; second and third place will receive $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication. Learn about last year's winners here



guidelines (please read carefully!)

  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the poem is largely in English.
  • The poems must have been previously published online or in print to be eligible. Self-published poems are not eligible for this prize.
  • The poems must not have won any previous awards of $500 or more.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE the publication history of the individual poems in the document. Include this information in your cover letter only.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or identifying information in the document OR the title of your submission.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere 
  • 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 AND where the poems you are submitting were first published.
  • Review our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.
  • Contest closes on January 15, 2023.


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 that you can upload alongside your previously published poems, 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, 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.


                        

Palette Poetry