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Caribbean Magazine Plus Poetry Contest

Caribbean Magazine Plus Poetry Contest


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Poetry Contest Eligibility Rules

Opening date: May 13, 2022

(For any entry or eligibility queries not covered below, please email for clarification before submitting an entry.) Entrants must be citizens of a Caribbean or Central American Country or descended from a Caribbean/Central American country by no more than two generations. I.E, as far back as your grandparents.

(See list of eligible countries below)

Eligible Countries

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands

Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela.

There is no age restriction for entry into the Competition.

Submissions must be in English, or if in your native language, must be translated to English on the same submission script. Entries will not be accepted from judges of the Competition or from individuals employed at Caribbean Magazine Plus. Entries must be submitted via the online entry form at:

The Caribbean Magazine Plus will request verification of citizenship status before winners are selected.
Entries from people that are not citizens of non-Caribbean and Central American countries, or descended from those countries as described above are not eligible.

Entries must be unpublished and remain unpublished in any language until August 22, 2022.

Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Caribbean Magazine Plus Poetry Contest – the poem must be the entrant’s own work. The poem must be original work and should not have been published anywhere, in full or in part, in any language, before May 13, 2022.

Entries must be 500 words minimum, 2,000 words maximum (not including title). Entries should be uploaded in a Word or PDF document. Please save your and use the title of the poem as the file name. If you are paying for an entrant, please save the document as the payee name and title.

All entries are final and there will be no revisions, additions or amendments and no recalls. So check your entry properly.

The cost of entry is $15 US/BSD dollars. We will not accept cash, either pay by credit/debit card, Paypal or bank draft.

The ‘Rules of Entry’ as defined here for the Caribbean Magazine Plus’s Poetry Contest 2022 (Rules) incorporate the Competition’s ‘Terms and Conditions’ (Terms). The Terms shall govern in event of conflict. By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by the Rules and Terms of the Competition.

Competition deadline
The final closing date for entries into the Caribbean Magazine Plus Poetry Contest, 2022 is on August 22, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

Entering the Competition
Entries must be made via the Competition’s online form and must include:
Entrant’s name
Entrant’s nationality
Entrant’s current residence
Entrant’s email address

If your submitted poem adheres to the Rules and Terms of the Competition it will be approved and will be evaluated accordingly.

An email notification that your entry has been submitted will be sent to the email provided at submission.
Judging process

Criteria for judging will be based on:
How impactful the poem is; and Originality of the submission. There is no direct theme and writers are encouraged to explore their range of ideas.

A panel consisting of lead evaluator, Dr Juanita Coleman Merrit along with Caribbean Magazine Plus staff will shortlist submissions and finalize. 

Announcement of Winners
The overall winner and finalist will be announced on the Caribbean Magazine Plus’s website and related social media accounts. The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into. All finalists will be notified by email on/by September 30, 2022. The winner will be named the Caribbean Magazine Plus’s poet of the year, and will receive a cash prize of $500 (USD) for first place, the second place finalist will receive $250 (USD) and the third place finalist $100 (USD).

All entrants agree that their submissions may be used in a compilation book of this year’s submissions.
For all enquiries regarding the Caribbean Magazine Plus Poetry Contest 2021, please contact:


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