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: Submit via the form linked → HERE. Once you have filled out the form, send your entry fee to @CentralAvenue via → PAYPAL. In the note area, please mark who the payment is from if your email is different than your submission name.

When: Entries accepted from February 15, 2024 – March 31, 2024.


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.

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, 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.