The Love & Eros Prize
Closes October 18th, 2021
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, Kaveh Akbar, author of Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf, 2021). Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.
The Palette Poetry Prize
Closed August 15, 2021
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 Previously Published Poem Prize
November - January 2022
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.
The Emerging Poet Prize
February - April 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 - June 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.