Previously Published Poem Prize

closes January 15, 2023


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Our landscape has exploded with presses and magazines in recent years with the advent of digital publications—so many good 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. The winner will be awarded $3000, publication of the winning poem, a brief interview in Palette Poetry, and a limited edition broadside of the poem; second and third place will receive $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication.

guidelines (please read carefully!)

  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the poem is largely in English.

  • The poems must have been previously published online or in print to be eligible. Self-published poems are not eligible for this prize.

  • 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. Include this information in your cover letter only.

  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or identifying information in the document OR the title of your submission.

  • 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 poems. Please 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 AND where the poems you are submitting were first published.

  • Review our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.

  • Contest closes on January 15, 2023.


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 options

The single-letter option costs $59 and will provide you with two pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice that you can upload alongside your previously published poems, including suggestions for future submissions.

The three-letter option costs $149 and will provide you with six pages of detailed and actionable feedback on a poem of your choice, including suggestions for future submissions, from THREE separate guest editors. Our guest editors are paid a significant portion of the fee (at EFA rates) and are all incredibly astute and professional poets.



Share Your Poetry

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