The 2019 Previously Published Poem Prize
Closes October 15, 2019
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, celebrated, and, unfortunately, forgotten. We want to bring light to those lost pieces of poetry—the work that you love but no longer receives the attention it deserves.
Send us your favorite previously published poems!
1st Place: $2500 + Publication
2nd Place: $300 + Publication
3rd Place: $200 + Publication
- 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.
- There is no page requirement, but submission must be no more than 3 poems. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
- The poems must have been previously published online or in print to be eligible.
- DO NOT INCLUDE the publication history of the individual poems in the document. Our readers will read these poems blind.
- 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.
- Contest closes on October 15th, 2019.
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
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 exceptional feedback on a poem from an exceptional poet or educator. This category stays open year round, and we will do our best to not let you wait too long without hearing from us.
You can view an example feedback post from our editor, Joshua Roark, here.
Second Book Fellowship with Palette Poetry
If you are currently working on your second book, in any stage of the process as long as it is publishing this fall of 2019 or later, we would love to help you.
Our editorial team wants to give you notes, wants to help you find those connections and relationships that lead to marketing opportunities, wants to amplify your release strategy and make your second pub day truly special.
The second book can be such a difficult child to usher into this world, and we all need to look out for each other. Let us help you!
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.