The January Ekphrastic Challenge
January 24 – January 31, 2023
Are you haunted by a painting that you encountered online or a sculpture that you stood transfixed before in a museum? We invite you to submit to our one-week Ekphrastic Challenge-for one week only, submit poems that are ekphrastic in some way, that engage dynamically with a work of art. The winner will be selected by Palette editors, announced in April, and receive $500 and publication.
The Rising Poet Prize
February 15 – April 16, 2023
Exclusively for new and emerging poets, this contest only accepts submissions from poets without a full-length collection out at the time of submission. The winning poet will be awarded $3000, publication, and a brief interview with Palette Poetry. Second and third place will win $300 & $200, respectively, as well as publication. The top ten finalists will also be recognized, and the winning poem will be selected by our guest judge, Maggie Smith.
The Sappho Prize for Women Poets
April 17 – June 15, 2023
We’re honored to make space for women with our annual Sappho Prize for Women Poets. The winning poet will be awarded $3000, publication, and a brief interview with Palette Poetry. Second and third place will win $300 & $200, respectively, as well as publication. The top ten finalists will also be recognized, and the winning poem will be selected by our guest judge, Evie Shockley.
The Palette Chapbook Prize
June 23 – August 20, 2023 (Check back for an announcement in November.)
The Palette Chapbook Prize awards $2000 and digital publication for the winning manuscript. The winner will be selected by our guest judge, Danez Smith.
The Manuscript Workshop
July 1 – 31, 2023
We’re excited to reopen our annual manuscript revision lab—work with great editors and other writers to take your poetry manuscript to the next level of authenticity and craft.
The Resistance & Resilience Prize
August 25 – October 15, 2023 (Check back for an announcement in January.)
We’re delighted to introduce the new Resistance and Resilience Prize: awarding $3000 and publication! The winner will be selected by our guest judge, Nicole Sealey. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.
The Grisly & Grotesque Challenge
October 21 – October 31, 2023
To close out the month of October, we seek poems that explore the realms of the grisly and the grotesque, and the familiar distorted. We invite you to send poems that probe discomfort, unearth beauty in unexpected places, challenge assumptions, and disrupt the norm in sharp, visceral language. Palette editors will select one winning poet to receive $500 and publication.
Fall Asynchronous Studio
December 1 – 31, 2023
Details to come!
The Previously Published Poem Prize
November 15 – January 15, 2024
Our landscape has exploded with presses and magazines in recent years with the advent of digital publications—so many great 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.