View our upcoming awards and offerings 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, 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 18 - June 19, 2023
We're honored to make space for women with our annual Sappho Prize for Women Poets. The winning poet will be awarded $2500, 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 Manuscript Workshop
June 1 - 30, 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 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 - 31, 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
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.