The Sappho Prize
We are 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. Palette is YOURS as much as it is ours, and we'd love for the magazine be useful in making our community a better, fuller, richer home for everyone.
This contest only accepts submissions from women poets. The winning poet will be awarded $3000 and publication on Palette Poetry. Second and third place will win $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication.
The top ten finalists will be selected by the editors, and guest judge Maggie Smith will then select the winner and two runner ups. Winners and finalists will be announced toward the end of August 2021.
Thank you so much for sharing your work with us. We can't wait to dig in!
*all women are welcome to submit (cis, trans, non-binary, etc)*
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—and 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 to receive a response within two weeks. More info 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.
- We also offer two paid options for each submission: Fast Response & Editorial Feedback.
professional critique, simple and without hassle.
We know how lonely writing can be—often we do it without any real professional support, because the words must come out. At Palette, we'd love to offer folks the opportunity for a little of that professional support, simply and without hassle—thus our editorial services.
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.