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Palette Poetry's Chapbook Prize 2023 | Contest | Deadline: August 20

Writers are warmly invited m to submit their manuscript to the Palette Poetry's 2023 Palette Chapbook Prize! Poetry chapbook manuscripts of styles.

Submit To Palette Poetry's Chapbook Prize 2023

Palette Poetry's Chapbook Prize 2023

Writers are warmly invited m to submit their manuscript to the Palette Poetry's 2023 Palette Chapbook Prize! 

Poetry chapbook manuscripts of all styles are accepted with no specific theme or aesthetic preference in request. 

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Prizes For The Palette Poetry's Chapbook Prize 2023

The winner will receive $2,000 and Summer 2024 publication, which includes a free, downloadable digital chapbook on their website, fifty physical author copies to share and sell, and the option to enable drop-shipping sales at Amazon, Bookshop.org, and Barnes & Noble, earning 50% royalties on your chapbook. 

Additionally, thousands of readers, editors, and journals will receive chapbook access through our newsletter. 

The winner will have creative agency over cover art/design, and also be offered the opportunity to work with Palette editors to revise the manuscript.

According to the Palette Poetry, there is an extended editorial process for any book that they believe in, so please feel welcome to submit promising work that may not be fully polished yet. 

About The Judge For The 2023 Chapbook Prize 

Danez Smith is the author of three collections including Homie and Don’t Call Us Dead. They have won the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and have been a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Poetry, the National Book Critic Circle Award, and the National Book Award. Danez's poetry and prose have been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, Best American Poetry, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 

Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Former co-host of the Webby-nominated podcast VS (Versus), they are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Princeton, United States Artists, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez has been featured as part of Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list and is the winner of a Pushcart Prize. They live in Minneapolis near their people.

Submission Guidelines For Palette Poetry's Chapbook Prize 2023

You are advised to read the submission guidelines thoroughly before attempting to submit. 

  • Manuscripts must be submitted via Submittable, our online submissions manager, between June 20, 2023, and August 25, 2023.
  • BIPOC writers are welcome to submit for a reduced fee of $15 until we reach our cap of one hundred submissions (see here)
  • Individual poems may be previously published. However, the manuscript as a whole cannot have been published.
  • Multiple submissions are permitted, but each manuscript must be submitted separately with the $25 reading fee.
  • Revisions to the manuscript are not permitted after the contest has closed. If selected for publication, you will have the opportunity to revise.
  • Submissions are open internationally to any poet writing in English. Inclusion of other languages is welcome, as long as the chapbook is substantively written in English.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if the chapbook is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please include a brief cover letter and any applicable content warnings.
  • Do not submit if you have a close or personal relationship with the guest judge.
  • Review our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.
  • The winner and finalists will be announced in late Fall 2023.
  • If you haven't already, please verify your email address with Submittable for more consistent communication.


Manuscripts Format

  • Manuscripts must be between twenty to thirty pages, not including front or back matter (e.g., a title page, epigraph, table of contents).
  • Each poem should begin on a new page.
  • The manuscript should be in a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Garamond.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted as a PDF or Word doc. We highly recommend a PDF, as it will maintain your line breaks, special formatting, etc.
  • Do not include your name on any of the pages of the manuscript file. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only. Contact information goes in your cover letter.
  • Please put any acknowledgments in the cover letter field of Submittable and not in the manuscript itself.



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Writers are warmly invited m to submit their manuscript to the Palette Poetry's 2023 Palette Chapbook Prize! Poetry chapbook manuscripts of styles.
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