WELCOME HOME, POET.

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. Our goal is to simply find and publish the best poetry we can, no matter its roots in craft.

Send us your very best.

Please submit poetry that will touch with power the hurting places of Nigeria right now. 

We will select four poems to publish in the first week of November.

  • Nigerian poets only.
  • 1-3 poems per submission please. 
  • Our usual rate of $50 per poem.
  • Closes in two weeks.

Submissions for our Featured Poetry category are open year round to poets at any stage of their career. All Colors are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month. We highly encourage emerging authors 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 voices 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.
  • Send us only your best. We will be extremely selective.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (We want to say congrats!)
  • All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history
  • Expect 8-12 weeks for a response

Best,
The Editors

Dear poets,

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

We at Palette Poetry wish to use our platform in active ways to change the discriminatory systems of the publishing industry. We stand with our Black writers, our Native writers, our LGBTQIA+ writers, our Disabled writers, our Neurodiverse writers, our culturally under-represented writers. This space is yours.

We welcome all self-identifying, historically marginalized authors to submit here for a quick decision made directly by the editors. We'll do our best to get word back to you on your poetry within 1-2 weeks. 

Best,

Josh & the Palette team


Guidelines

  • Submissions are open internationally, for self-identifying, historically marginalized authors 
  • Send us only your best. We will be extremely selective.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (We want to say congrats!)
  • All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history
  • Expect 1-2 weeks for a response
  • Publication in our Featured Poetry series includes a $50 per poem payment

Hey poets,

I know how lonely and mystifying it can be sending out work with zero knowledge of its reception beyond simple rejection letters. I would like to help in some small way and share with you the editorial viewpoint on your work.

Upload here your chapbook (10-30 pages) that you'd like to receive notes on. Please also include your professional bio in the cover letter. Optional: Include with the chapbook a cover letter you might use when submitting to presses. Please format the chapbook as you would submit it to presses as well.

I will invite three authors to participate in this first workshop for September. BIPOC writers only, please.

This will be a continuing workshop, on the last Sunday of every month. If you are not chosen for one month, please feel welcome to keep submitting.

How this'll work:

We will spend ~4 hours on Zoom together on Sunday, September 27th, from 11 - 3 PM PST.

I will spend ~45 minutes reading aloud through each chapbook, sharing my honest thoughts, impression and advice as I read. I will not have read the chapbook previously or have any knowledge of it except for the cover letter. Each author will have a chance to ask questions after this initial reading.

The last 30 minutes or so we will reserve for more general questions about submitting, the editorial process, etc.

Palette Poetry