Have your work published with Palette Poetry!

The Previously Published Poem Prize

closes January 15, 2022

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.



Featured Poetry

always free. always open.

Submissions for our Featured Poetry category are open year-round to poets at any stage of their careers. 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 poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. We are proud to be able to pay our artists, but will be highly selective in our choices for publication.

We also warmly invite under-represented and marginalized voices to submit. Our aim is to be an accurate representation of the wonderful diversity of our community. Your voice is valued here, so to help do our part in moving forward the needle on equity in publishing, we've opened a special category for historically marginalized voices to send their work directly to our editorial team and receive a response within two to four weeks. More info here.

submission guidelines—please read carefully:

  • Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are welcome, as long as the meat of the poem is in English.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please send us a message via Submittable if your work is picked up elsewhere—we want to say congrats!
  • Send up to 5 poems that total no more than 10 pages
  • We do NOT accept multiple submissions for Featured Poetry. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.
  • Multiple submissions will be declined unread.
  • Please include a cover letter with your publication history, if any, and contact information.
  • Do NOT include your name or contact information anywhere in your packet of poems or in the title of your submission
  • Expect 8-12 weeks for a response, but please do not query until 4 months have passed. 
  • We also offer two paid options for each submission: Fast Response & Editorial Feedback.
  • Send us only your best. We will be extremely selective.




Author’s Rights

Palette Poetry holds first publication rights for three months after publication, after which rights revert to the author. 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 acknowledgment of publication in Palette Poetry first.


For questions regarding submissions, please see our FAQ page.

Share Your Poetry

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