Get your work featured on Palette Poetry

The Spotlight Award

Closes January 15, 2019

The winner of this award will receive publication, $2000, and a unique opportunity to have themselves profiled across a half-page spread in Poets & Writers: bio, headshot, excerpt of work, and contact information for solicitation. More info on guidelines and submission here.


Featured Poetry

Always Free. Always Open.

Submissions for our Featured Poetry category are open year round to poets at any stage of their career. Featured Poems are published online only and will spotlight a number of poems from new authors each month. We highly encourage emerging authors to submit.

We are thrilled to offer significant payment to our partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. We are proud to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

We also warmly invite under-represented and marginalized voices of all colors to submit. Our aim is to be an accurate representation of the diversity of our beautiful community. Your voice is valued here.

  • 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.
  • Send us only your best. We will be extremely selective.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions—just please send us a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (We want to say congrats!)
  • All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.
  • We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history
  • Expect 8-12 weeks for a response

the Editors



Community Feedback: Free Editorial Feedback Every Month

Always Free. Always Open.

Community Feedback is our recurring column that provides an opportunity for our audience to get some quick, exceptional feedback on a new poem.

It works like this:

The category is only open for two weeks, and our editorial staff will select one poem per month to critique and comment on.

We publish a new poem and the comments a month after the original post, and repeat the process.

View previous pieces by torrin a greathouse here, and Kristin Chang here.



Author’s Rights

Palette Poetry holds first publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following first publication. For reprints we ask for acknowledgement of its publication in Palette Poetry first.


For questions regarding submissions, please see our FAQ page.

Share Your Poetry

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