The Caribbean American Poetry Association (CAPA) is pleased to announce its 2021 Poetry Contest.

The contest is open to Caribbean-born poets or poets of Caribbean heritage, age 18 or older, who reside in the United States of America.  All entries must focus on an aspect of Caribbean or Caribbean-American life, traditions, customs, culture, or history.  The poems may be written in English and/or Caribbean vernacular.

Submissions will be accepted beginning on April 01, 2021 for up to three original unpublished poems per poet with an entry fee of $10.00.  Entries must be postmarked, or date stamped by the deadline, 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, June 28, 2021.  Poems received after the deadline will not be considered.  Poems must be written by the contest entrant.  Each entry must include a cover page with the poet’s name, address, phone number, email address, and Caribbean affiliation.

Winners will be selected based on the quality of their poem.  Three winners will be chosen – a first prize winner will receive $500; the second prize winner will be awarded $300, and the third prize winner will be presented with $200.  East poet will receive a Certificate of Participation.  Contest winners will be notified via email prior to an official announcement in late summer 2021.

Caribbean poets may request more information about the contest rules and guidelines by writing to CAPA at caribbeanamericanpoetry@gmail.com or to CAPA, Post Office Box 326, Huntington Station, NY  11746.

The Caribbean American Poetry Association is dedicated to advancing Caribbean poetry in the United States; promoting the work of Caribbean-American poets; and, bringing Caribbean-American poetry to the widest possible audience.

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