The 13th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival takes place January 16-21, 2017 in Delray Beach Florida. Poetry workshop faculty includes: David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Tina Chang, Lynn Emanuel, Daisy Fried, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Carl Phillips, Martha Rhodes, and Special Guest Charles Simic, and performance poets are The Mayhem Poets. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison.

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.

Regular Applications are now closed, but you may purchase tickets to attend individual events at the festival in Delray Beach. Visit our website:

You may attend any of our ticketed and free events at the festival, or enter the 2017 Fish Tales Poetry Contest! Guidelines available below and on our website. The Fish Tales Poetry Contest is open for submissions January 16 - March 1, 2017.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s “FISH TALES Poetry Contest” seeks original poems of up to 30 lines inspired by the “FISH TALES” Exhibit at the Delray Beach Historical Society in Delray Beach, Florida. 

Submit one poem no longer than 30 lines inspired by the designated images / items that is part of the FISH TALES Exhibit. Online images of the designated artwork can be found at:


Submit one original poem inspired by one of the selected items from the FISH TALES Exhibit at the Delray Beach Historical Society, 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 Poems must be previously unpublished.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.

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