The 2024 Central Avenue Poetry Prize

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Why: To amplify the work of poets from around the world.

Who: Open to anyone internationally.

What: You may submit up to 5 individual poems written in English only.

How: Format each poem on a new page in a pdf or word processing document. There is no limit on word count. Do not send artwork or links to documents.

How Much: Entry fee is $25USD for one submission of up to 5 poems.

Where: Submissions are now closed.

When: Entries accepted from January 1, 2023 – March 31, 2023.

*Update as of May 31, 2023: All winners and shortlist have been selected and can be found here.


One grand prize of $500.00 USD and 3 runners-up of $100.00 USD each will be awarded. A poet may win only once.

The four winning poems and up to 50 additional poems will be chosen for publication in the first annual Central Avenue Poetry Prize Book to be published and made available to the trade in April 2024. Each poem selected for the book will receive an honorarium of $25

General Guidelines

Open to any poem that has NOT been previously traditionally published in a book or collection (self published is accepted).

All entrants will be contacted by May 31, 2023.

Entries containing messages of hate, intolerance, or are in the vein of exclusivity will be discarded.

This is a not-for-profit endeavor and we are committed to paying our editors fairly, hence the entry fee. However, we have ten free submissions available to those who are in current need of assistance. Email to discuss.