CBC Poetry Prize


The CBC Poetry Prize is now closed. Finalists will be announced in the fall.

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WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished poetry.

WHEN:The competition runs from April 1 to May 31.

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the "submit" link or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission formA fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

WHAT YOU CAN WIN: The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their poetry published in Air Canada enRoute magazine and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their poetry published on CBC Books.

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: You can write a poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

WANT SUPPORT? Subscribe to our CBC Poetry Prize newsletter and get writing tips in your inbox three times a week while the prize is open.

The 2016 winner was Michael Fraser for "African Canadian in Union Blue."

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