View our upcoming contests and awards below


All contests in 2020 will end on a Sunday.

The Palette Poetry Prize

June 19 - August 16, 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. Submit here.

The Spotlight Award

August 17 - October 18, 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. The winner of this award will receive publication, $2000, and a unique opportunity to have themselves profiled across a quarter-page advertisement in Poets & Writers: bio, headshot, excerpt of work, and contact information for solicitation.

The Previously Published Poem Prize

November 15 - January 17, 2021

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 15 - April 19, 2021

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 20 - June 13, 2021

We're honored to make space for self-identifying women for our inaugural Sappho Prize. This prize will give out $2500 for a winning poem and publication on Palette Poetry, judged by Victoria Chang, author of Obit from Copper Canyon PressSecond and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.