Palettes & Quills

4th Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition

with Judge Kelly Cherry


Open to All Writers


Prize: A $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Additional copies will be available at an authorís discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. All contest entrants will be offered a special discount on the purchase price of the published book.


Deadline: September 30th, 2014. Manuscripts postmarked after September 30th will not be read.



A complete submission should include:


Manuscript  between 14-50 pages. Poems must be typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and bound with a spring clip. Use a standard 12 pt font, such as Garamond, Arial, or New Times Roman.  Manuscripts  should be in English and contain no illustrations. Please do not submit your only copy. Manuscripts will not be returned.


A cover sheet with the contest name (The Palettes & Quills 4th Biennial Chapbook Contest), your name, address, telephone, email, and the title of your manuscript.    Your name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.


A title page with just the title of the manuscript.


An acknowledgements page. Poems included in your manuscript may be previously published, but please include an acknowledgements page listing specific publications.


A complete Table of Contents


Payment of a $20.00 non-refundable entry fee (check or money order payable in U.S. dollars made out to Palettes & Quills). Please do not send cash. Multiple submissions are accepted, but we require a separate entry fee for each manuscript you submit.


Self-addressed stamped post card for confirmation of receipt and a self-addressed envelope stamped (please use a Forever Stamp) for announcement of the winners. (International submissions must include an IRC.)


You must also include a statement that all poems are your own original work.


Mail your entry  to Donna M. Marbach, Palettes & Quills Chapbook Contest, 1935 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY. Electronic or faxed submissions will be Not be accepted.   However, we will request an electronic copy of the final  manuscript.



Manuscripts by multiple authors will not be accepted.  Translations will not be accepted.


Simultaneous submissions are accepted.  If your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, you must immediately notify Palettes & Quills.


Judging: Final judge is Kelly Cherry, author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction (novels, short stories) and nonfiction (memoir,essays, criticism), eight chapbooks, and translations of two classical plays.  She was the first recipient of the Hanes Poetry Prize given by the Fellowship of Southern writers for a body of work.  Other awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Foundation, the Bradley Major Achievement   (Lifetime) Award, a Distinguished Alumnus Award, three Wisconsin Arts Board fellowships and two New Work awards, an Arts America Speaker Award (The Philippines) and selection as a Wisconsin Noble Author.  She was Poet Laureate of Virginia from July 2010 to June 2012.



2012 Contest Winners

 About Kelly Cherry

General Submission Guidelines