The 2025 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 one pdf or word processing document. There is no limit on word count. Do not send artwork, links to documents or embed the submissions in an email.

How Much: Entry fee is $25USD for one submission of up to 5 poems. (e.g. $25 will cover 1-5 poems. If you wish to submit more than five poems, this will cost another $25)

Where: Submissions are now closed. We will contact all entrants by June 30, 2024.

When: Entries were accepted from February 15, 2024 – April 30, 2024. We will open the 2026 Prize in Spring 2025.


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 second annual Central Avenue Poetry Prize to be published and made available to the trade in April 2025. Each poem selected for the book will receive an honorarium of $25.

All judging is performed while masking the name of the submitter. This enables us to have a completely unbiased opinion on the works submitted.

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 June 30, 2024.

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.