The Emerging Poet Prize
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February 15 - April 17 2022
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 Sappho Prize
April 18 - June 19, 2022
We're honored to make space for women for our Sappho Prize. This prize will give out $2500 for a winning poem and publication on Palette Poetry. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.
The Manuscript Workshop
We're excited to launch 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 meaning. Details coming soon.
The Palette Poetry Prize
June 20 - August 21, 2022
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. This year, the judge is Jericho Brown. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.
The Love & Eros Prize
August 22 - October 16, 2022
We’re delighted to offer the inaugural Love & Eros Prize for 2021: $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 Color Wheel Lab
This will be an asynchronous and self-guided study of poetry in multiple themes: love poetry, political poetry, and poetry about faith. You'll receive specific and holistic feedback from a team of expert editors and curated submissions suggestions, as well as uniquely curated, MFA-quality learning materials to push your writing forward.
The Previously Published Poem Prize
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 and celebrated, but others have been forgotten or overlooked. We want to bring light to those lost pieces of poetry—the poems that you love but feel are no longer receiving the attention or recognition they deserve. 1st Place will be awarded $3000 and publication of the winning poem and a brief interview in Palette Poetry; second and third place will receive $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication.