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.

Hey team,

Upload an in-progress poem here for the team to workshop and discuss!

You all are the best.

—Josh


(Do not submit to this category unless you are a member of the Palette Reading Team)

We are excited to open up for submissions this unique opportunity!

If you are currently working on your second book, in any stage of the process as long as it is publishing this fall of 2019 or later, we would love to help you. 

Our editorial team wants to give you notes, wants to help you find those connections and relationships that lead to marketing opportunities, wants to amplify your release strategy and make your second pub day truly special.

The second book can be such a difficult child to usher into this world, and we all need to look out for each other. Let us help you!

Guidelines

  • Submit a sample of your manuscript, up to 15 pages
  • Submit a cover letter explaining where you are in the development process of the manuscript (writing, sending out, with a publisher, etc.), the publication history of your first collection, and your general publication bio
  • Poetry should be at least majority English
  • International poets are welcome to apply
  • First book must have debuted with a publisher or press, not self-published
  • Closes this summer, June 30th


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

Community Feedback is our recurring column that provides an opportunity for our audience to get some exceptional feedback on a poem from an exceptional poet or educator. This category stays open year round, and we will do our best to not let you wait too long without hearing from us.

You can view an example feedback post from our editor, Joshua Roark, here.

Guidelines:

  • Please include only one poem in the submission
  • Include a short 3rd person bio in your cover letter
  • If one month your work is not chosen, you may resubmit new work later on


We are thrilled to offer the Palette Poetry Prize for 2019: $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, Edward Hirsch:

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He was born in Chicago in 1950—his accent makes it impossible for him to hide his origins—and educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in Folklore. His devotion to poetry is lifelong.

He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Edward Hirsch’s first collection of poems received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His second collection won the National Book Critics Award. Since then, he has published six additional books of poems and five books of prose, including the ubiquitous The Poets Glossary. He is now president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.


Palette's editors will choose the fifteen finalists, and any honorable mentions they think deserve extra attention. 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 April 15, 2019.

 
 

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