View our upcoming contests and awards below

The Spotlight Award

November 15 - January 15 2020

In today's saturated poetry world, the most difficult job for a poet can be finding the spotlight. Any one of us can be tremendously talented, but our work may never see a press if we don't find the opportunity to stand out from crowd. We want to help you stand out from the crowd. The winner of this award will receive publication, $2000, and a unique opportunity to have themselves profiled across a quarter-page spread in Poets & Writers: bio, headshot, excerpt of work, and contact information for solicitation. More info here.

The Emerging Poet Prize

February 15 - April 15 2020

For emerging poets, this contest only accepts submissions from authors with fewer than two full length collections out at the time of submission. The winning poet will be awarded $3000 and publication on 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.

The Palette Poetry Prize

June 15 - August 15 2020

Our biggest prize of the year, the Palette Poetry Prize is for all poets writing in English and will give out $4000 for a winning poem and publication on Palette Poetry, judged by Forrest Gander, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer PrizeSecond and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.

The Previously Published Poem Prize

August - October, 2020

Our landscape has exploded with presses and magazines over the last few decades with the advent of digital publications—so many good poems have been found, celebrated, and, unfortunately, forgotten. We want to bring light to those lost pieces of poetry—the work that you love but no longer receives the attention it deserves. Send us your favorite previously published poem for an opportunity to see it re-published and shared to our audience, along with a $2500 prize.