Previous Contests & Awards

Find info about previous Palette Poetry contests here.

Please visit this page to find the guidelines for our current contest, the 2019 Emerging Poet Prize, which is open June 15- August 15.


The 2019 Spotlight Award

Contest closed on January 15, 2019.

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”

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. We want to help you stand out from the 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. Poets & Writers has a circulation of over 70,000 print and 100,000+ monthly visitors. Our goal is to highlight you, the poet. All information will be approved by the winner, including layout, design, and verbiage in the advertisement. It will be entirely to your liking. Palette’s editors chose the winner, and any honorable mentions they think deserved extra attention. Second and third place received $300 and $200, respectively.

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.
  • 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 reading fee.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history

The 2018 Emerging Poet Prize

Contest closed on October 15th, 2018.

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” 

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 was awarded $3000 and publication on Palette Poetry. Second and third place won $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication. The top fifteen finalists were also recognized, and the winning poem was selected by the editors of Palette.

Submission Guidelines

  • For this Prize, we are only accepting work from emerging poets—poets with no more than two full-length collections published at the time of submission.
  • 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.
  • 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 reading fee.Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history

The 2018 Palette Poetry Prize

Contest closed on August 15th, 2018.

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 received $4000 and publication with Palette Poetry! We sought one excellent poem that speaks to what poetry is and can be for our world today. Send us your incandescent heart on the page. The winner was selected by our guest judge, Shane McCrae:

Shane McCrae is the author of six books of poetry: The Gilded Auction Block (forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux), In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award; Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014); Blood (Noemi Press, 2013); and Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.Palette’s editors will choose the fifteen finalists, and any honorable mentions they think deserve extra attention. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.

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.
  • 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 reading fee.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history
  • Review our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.