Previously Published Poem Prize

closes January 16, 2022

The 2021 Previously Published Poem Prize

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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.

submission guidelines

  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the meat of the poem is in English.
  • The poems must have been previously published online or in print to be eligible.
  • The poems must not have won any previous awards of $500 or more.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE the publication history of the individual poems in the document.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or identifying information in the document.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (we want to say congrats!)
  • There is no page requirement, but submission must be no more than 3 poemsPlease submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • We do accept multiple submissions, but each submission will include the $20 reading fee.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history.
  • Contest closes on January 16, 2022.


included unique opportunities & discounts

As a thank you for your support for Palette, we'd like to offer these unique opportunities:

The Poetry School is offering every submitter a 20% off discount code (average of $28 value) to one of their online courses! Head to their platform, find a course you're interested in, and use the code included in the confirmation message at checkout.

The Writing Salon is offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class. Go to to find a class and type in the code in the confirmation during checkout.


editorial feedback option

This option costs $59 and will provide you with two pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice from the submission, including suggestions for future submissions. Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional poets. There's also an editorial letter plus option where you can receive feedback from 3 different editors—so 6 pages of feedback altogether!


Share Your Poetry

Always free. Always open. $50 per poem selected.