The 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival takes place January 15-20, 2018 in Delray Beach Florida. Poetry workshop faculty includes: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, Phillis Levin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Tim Seibles, and Special Guest Coleman Barks, and performance poets are Elizabeth Acevedo and G Yamazawa. Conference Faculty: Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, and Nickole Brown.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is dedicated to fostering the writing, reading, performance, and appreciation of poetry featuring America’s finest poets. Festival workshop faculty are renowned for their award-winning work and their excellence as teachers of craft. The festival offers a world-class, life-enriching series of poetry events for our audiences and participants.

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Festival Workshop Admission is by application. Ticketed and free events are open to the public. For more information and complete guidelines, visit

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s “LOOKING GLASS Poetry Contest” seeks original poems of up to 30 lines inspired by the LOOKING GLASS EXHIBIT at The Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, Florida.

Submit one poem no longer than 30 lines inspired by the designated images that are part of the LOOKING GLASS Exhibit. Online images of the designated artwork can be found at:


Submit one original poem inspired by one of the selected works from the LOOKING GLASS Exhibit at the Cornell Museum of Art, no longer than 30 lines. This poem should be your own original work. Poems must be previously unpublished.

Prizes and Publication

First Prize: $100, Second, Third, Fourth, & Fifth Prizes: 4 awards of $25 each, 5 Honorable Mentions. Top 10 entries published online. Entries that win cash prizes and honorable mention will be published on the Palm Beach Poetry Festival Website and announced in press releases.

The Contest Judge is Stephen Gibson, author of seven poetry collections, most recently, Self-Portrait in a Door-Length Mirror, winner of the 2017 Miller Williams Prize (Univ. of Arkansas Press), selected by Billy Collins and nominated for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such journals as American Arts Quarterly, Gargoyle, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, The Paris Review, Pleiades, Poetry, River Styx, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and The Yale Review among others. He taught for thirty-two years at the Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College.

No Country Restriction; English Language
Poets of all nations may enter. However, the work you submit should be in English. If you have written a work in another language, you may submit an English translation.

No Age Restriction
Poets of any age may enter.

Your privacy is assured. We will not rent your information to third parties. Your submission will result in joining our e-mailing list for the contest. We will communicate with you by email.

You retain the copyright to your submission. If your entry wins any cash prize, you agree to give Palm Beach Poetry Festival a nonexclusive license to publish your work online and in electronic media such as our newsletters. This includes possible publication in one or more ebooks, or a limited edition chapbook.  We may ask you for a photograph or to attend a photo session for the contest winners.

If you have questions, please email the contest administrator at