Palettes & Quills

for the love of writing and the arts


Founded in 2002, Palettes & Quills is devoted to the celebration and expansion of the literary and visual arts,  offering both commissioned and consulting services.   It works to support beginning and emerging writers and artists to expand their knowledge, improve their skills, and connect to other resources in the community.  Further, Palettes & Quills seeks to increase the public's awareness and appreciation of these arts through education, advocacy,  hands-on program assistance, and functioning as a small literary press.   

General Services

Additional Services in the Literary Arts


About the Owner: 

Donna M. Marbach is both a writer and a visual artist.

She has published non-fiction, fiction, and poetry in a variety

 of anthologies and periodicals from Philadelphia Medicine

and The Friend to The Poetry Shell

and New Author Journal. Her recent

non-fiction has been published in the

Messenger Post newspapers,

Magic Dragon and the Catholic Courier,

and her poetry in The MacGuffin, Blueline,

Homestead Review, Quercus Review,

Sea Stories,  The Red Wheel Barrow,

 Silk Road, The Tipton Poetry Review,

 Limestone, Willow Swept Review,

Halfway Down The Stairs, Breadcrumb scabs, The

Southern California Review, The Chaffey Review,  Pearl, 

Hazmat Review, The Dire Elegies, A Womanís Voice,  

The Language of Color and more. Her most recent

publication is Twisted Pair, a chapbook of experimental

poetry (FootHills, 2010), written in collaboration with David Tilley.


Donna is formerly the poetry editor of the national monthly writers'

magazine, Byline, as well as a listed member of the writers

directory of Poets & Writers.  She is currently on the Advisory

Board of the children's magazine, The Magic Dragon, and   

regularly teaches creative writing workshops for both children

and adults under the auspices of Rochesterís Writerís & Books

ArtisanWorks, and other community organizations.  

 Contact Information:


Palettes & Quills

4th Biennial Chapbook Contest

Winner Now Available for sale



                        Guidelines for Contest Submission


                                 About Kelly Cherry



       Results of the 4th Biennial Chapbook Contest

  Judged by Kelly Cherry


Congratulations to


Carine Topal

 from La Quinta, CA

for her winning manuscript




 Winners of the 2014  Contest



Past Contest Winners books available

for purchase


To Order Click on the Link Below

 Publications and Ordering




Open Call for submissions to our new

monthly newsletter Pencil Marks






TOPICS:  literary arts, writing craft, fine arts, performing art

prominent figures in the literary and art communities,

book reviews, performance reviews,  and other topics of interest.

Email us at use  PENCIL MARKS

Authors and Artists whose work is accepted will receive a digital copy of finished newsletter if not already a subscribers.  Although the call is open-ended, we select the work to be published in each monthly issue by the 15th of the previous month: 

(e.g. November's deadline is October 15th)


Interested in a free digital subscription to

Pencil Marks?

Email us at

Donna M. Marbach, Owner                                            

Palettes & Quills                                                                   

1935 Penfield Road

Penfield, NY 14526-1434

Phone 585-383-0812



Guidelines for general Poetry Submissions

Our Most Recent Book

Poems for an Empty Church

by Tom Holmes


Publications and Ordering


   Please Do Not Submit without reading our guidelines first.

Submissions thatdo not follow guidelines risk being rejected unread.

Palettes & Quills is at this point in time a poetry press only, and  produces only a handful of publications each year.  

Unsolicited manuscripts of individual poems are considered for possible publication as broadsides.

Manuscripts of chapbooks by individuals are also considered for possible publication, but our output is limited and our standards high.

We will also consider proposals from editors  for the publication of themed anthologies.  We particularly like collections of works that have some element of collaboration between the individual poets or which highlight an under-represented population (e.g. refugees, mental health patients, homeless, etc.)

Most of our material, however, is produced from open calls for submissions to projects and anthologies we produce ourselves, such as the series of  chapbooks on Women Celebrating Women.

 General Submission Guidelines



(General Information)      


 (Submissions Only)


While we are not tax-exempt, you can

support Palettes & Quills poetry

publishing work by donating:



Links to Friends:

BOA Editions Ltd


Byline Magazine   


Ellen Bass


Foothills Publishing


Magic Dragon Magazine   


Multiverse Poet


Penfield Art Association


Poetic Effect




Rochester Contemporary


Rochester Art Club


The Drowning Man


Words and Then Some


Writing in Rochester







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