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.

We are thrilled to offer the Palette Poetry Prize for 2021: $4000 and publication! We are seeking one excellent poem that speaks to what poetry is and can be for our world today. Send us your incandescent heart on the page.

The winner will be selected by our guest judge, the 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner Jericho Brown https://www.jerichobrown.com.

Jericho Brown is author of the The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Bennington ReviewBuzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New RepublicThe New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 reading fee.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history
  • Review our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.
  • Contest closes on August 15, 2021.


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 option

This 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. 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 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 2-4 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 2-4 weeks for a response
  • Publication in our Featured Poetry series includes a $50 per poem payment

We're looking to expand our team of readers! This position would begin in August and involves a minimum commitment of 6 months (through January), though we'd love for you to remain on board for much longer. PLEASE NOTE: readerships are unpaid volunteer work. 

Details

  • 2-3 hours weekly commitment for at least 6 months 
  • read, discuss, review, and nominate regular and/or contest submissions each week with fellow readers and editors through Submittable 
  • communicate weekly with the broader Palette team of readers & editors via email 
  • we are especially seeking readers who have traditionally been underrepresented in the publishing industry (women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, etc..) 


Application: 

  • cover letter explaining your interest, editorial experience, previous readerships, why you'd be a good fit for Palette, some of your favorite poets, etc...)
  • resume
  • a writing sample of 2-3 poems and/or links to 2-3 published poems. 


We'll conduct this process in two rounds. You should hear back from us within a week or two of submitting whether you've been asked to move forward to the next step. 


We look forward to hearing from you, and can't wait to welcome you on board!

Thank you, always, for supporting Palette.

Best,

Sarah, 

Editor-in-Chief

Palette Poetry