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
5thh Biennial Chapbook Contest
Coming Soon
                        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
Palettes & Quills Publications
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
  Ellen Bass
Foothills Publishing
Magic Dragon Magazine   
Multiverse Poet
Penfield Art Association
Poetic Effect
Rochester Contemporary
Rochester Art Club
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