Deadline: January 15, 2023

Entry fee: $20

About the competition

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.

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.

Competition guidelines

  • 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.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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