View our upcoming contests and awards below

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 and receive $500 and publication.

The Emerging Poet Prize

February 15 - April 16 2023

Exclusively for emerging poets, this contest only accepts submissions from authors with no more than one full-length collection out or under contract at the time of submission. The winning poet will be awarded $3000 and publication 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 18 - June 19, 2023

We're honored to make space for women with our annual Sappho Prize for Women Poets. This prize will award $2500 for a winning poem and publication on Palette Poetry. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively. The winners will be selected by our guest judge.


The Manuscript Workshop

June 1-30th 2023

We're excited to continue our annual manuscript revision lab—work with great editors and other writers to take your book of poetry to the next level of authenticity and craft.


The Palette Chapbook Prize

June 20 - August 25, 2023

The Palette Chapbook Prize awards $2000 and digital publication for the winning manuscript. The winner will be selected by our guest judge.


The Love & Eros Prize 

August 26 - October 16, 2023

We’re delighted to continue the Love & Eros Prize: awarding $3000 and publication! We encourage love poems beyond the confines of what’s traditionally “romantic.” Rather, we’re seeking unflinching examinations of our sharpest human sensations—those of desire, longing, devotion, and intimacy. All iterations of love are welcome—send us your bitter and your sweet, your queer, platonic, reverent, and devotional. The winner will be selected by our guest judge. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively. 

The MFA Workshop

October 1- 31st, 2023

This asynchronous workshop offers MFA applicants the opportunity to receive feedback on their application materials from accomplished poets & editors in the industry.

The Previously Published Poem Prize

closed January 15, 2023

Our landscape has exploded with presses and magazines in recent years with the advent of digital publications—so many good 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.