Contests & Awards

Find info about previous Palette Poetry contests here.

Please visit this page to find the guidelines for our current contest.


The 2022 Emerging Poets Prize

Contest closed on April 17, 2022.

1st: Reading in progress— thank you for submitting!

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Meant for emerging poets, this contest only accepts submissions from poets with no more than one full-length collection out at the time of submission. The winning poet is awarded $3000 and publication on Palette Poetry. Second and third place receive $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication.

Winners to be selected by Safia Elhillo.


The 2022 Previously Published Poem Prize

Contest closed on January 16, 2022.

1st: K. Iver, "Who Is This Grief For?"

2nd: S. Vivadi Shrima, “Self Portrait in Lust“

3rd: Sneha Subramanian Kanta, “Partition Homes”


The 2021 Love & Eros Prize

Contest closed on October 18, 2021.

1st — Emily Lawson, "Sand Flats, UT"

2nd — Maria Nazos, "The Hollywood Glacier"

3rd — Rachel Abramowitz, "Restoration"

 

Love engulfs us, desire rules us. For this contest, 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.

Winners selected by Kaveh Akbar.


The 2021 Palette Poetry Prize

Contest closed on August 16, 2021.

1st — Katie Hale, "The Gallery of America"

2nd — Claire Wahmanholm, "A"

3rd — Len Lawson, "Hypotenuse"

 

Winners selected by Jericho Brown.


The 2021 Sappho Prize

Contest closed on June 20, 2021.

1st — Emily Zogbi, "Lost Things" 

2nd —Sophia Anfinn Tonnessen, "Layaway"

3rd — Yi Wei, "Look"

We're honored to be able to create space for women* poets to step forward. Thanks to the efforts of the VIDA project and others, we've made a lot of progress in the past few years, but much work is still to be done. This contest only accepts submissions from women* poets. The winning poet is awarded $3000 and publication on Palette Poetry. Second and third place win $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication.

*all women are welcome to submit (cis and trans)

 

Winners selected by Maggie Smith.


The 2021 Emerging Poet Prize

Contest closed on April 19, 2021.

1st — Crystal Valentine, "Black Madonna"

2nd — Christine Poreba, "Slipped Stitches"

3rd — Serrina Zou, "The Present of Poetry"

 

Meant for emerging poets, this contest only accepts submissions from poets with no more than one full-length collection out at the time of submission. The winning poet is awarded $3000 and publication on Palette Poetry. Second and third place receive $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication.

Winners selected by Kelli Russell Agodon.


The 2021 Previously Published Poem Prize

Contest closed on January 17, 2021.

1st — Diane Kerr, "The Distinguished Thing: A Colloquy"

2nd — Darius Simpson, “If I’m Caught Between a Badge and a Hard Place Three Hours After the Streetlights Turn On"

3rd — Catherine-Esther Cowie, “Aftermath”


The 2020 Palette Poetry Prize

Contest closed on August 16, 2020.

1st — Teresa Dzieglewicz, "There are no police in this poem"

2nd —Matthew Minicucci, "(grapes)"

3rd — Kathleen Winter, "The Sheep and the Lambs" 

The winners were selected by our guest judge, Forrest Gander.


The 2020 Sappho Prize

Contest closed on June 14, 2020.

1st — Faylita Hicks, "I Tried Dating Again–Like the Doctor Said–But I Don’t Think I’m Ready #2020"

2nd — Withdrawn by winner

3rd — Natasha Rao, "Abecedarian on Shame"

The winners were selected by our guest judge, Victoria Chang.


The 2020 Emerging Poet Prize

Contest closed on April 19, 2020.

1st — A.D. Lauren-Abunassar, “The Immigration Pastoral”

2nd — Mikko Harvey, “Let the World Have You” 

3rd — Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie, “Provenance” 

The winners were selected by our guest judge, Ilya Kaminsky.


The 2019 Previously Published Poem Prize

Contest closed on October 15, 2019.

1st — Nicole Rollender, "The Luster of Everything I’m Already Forgetting” (originally published in Gigantic Sequins)

2nd — Leila Chatti, “What Will Happen” (originally published in Indiana Review)

3rd — Isabella DeSendi, “America’s First Female Muslim Judge Found Floating in a River” (originally published in Narrative)


The 2019 Emerging Poet Prize

Contest closed on August 15, 2019.

1st — Cassandra Bruner, “After Frida Kahlo’s Sin Esperanza & the Crohn’s Diagnosis”

2nd — Randy James, “Sauce on the Side”

3rd — Jesús I. Valles, “Mexican Standard About a Desert”

The winners were selected by our guest judge, Kim Addonizio.


The 2019 Palette Poetry Prize

Winners:

1st — Shelley Stenhouse, "The Great Cosmic Hum"

2nd — Alycia Pirmohamed, "House of Prayer"

3rd — Madhur Anand, BRAIN HEMORRHAGE, EARLY FALL 

The winners were selected by our guest judge, Edward Hirsch.


The 2019 Spotlight Award

Winners:

1st — Gbenga Adesina, “Surrender”

2nd — Antonio Lopez, “Aullo” 

3rd — Miranda Beeson, “There’s a Rattle, Sometimes” 

Honorable Mention — Francisco Marquez, “I’m not one of those who left my land”


The 2018 Emerging Poet Prize

Winners:

1st — Victoria Flanagan, “In Response to My Mother When She Says Hearing Me Read My Writing’s like Hearing God”

2nd — Benjamin Garcia, “Huitlacoche”

3rd — Nicole Homer, “Feral and Conjoined” 


The 2018 Palette Poetry Prize

Winners:

1st — torrin a. greathouse, “Hapnophobia or the Fear of Being Touched”

2nd — madison eli johnson, “west harlem, july 2017”

3rd — Brittany Leitner, “Liberosis”

The winner was selected by our guest judge, Shane McCrae.