CBC Poetry Prize 2017

Your CBC Poetry Prize writing tip of the week

The 2017 CBC Poetry Prize is now open for submissions. The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published in Air Canada enRoute magazine. The deadline is May 31, so get writing!

If you need a little inspiration and support as you work on your submission, you can subscribe to the Poetry Prize newsletter. When you subscribe you'll receive three emails each week with writing tips to help guide you though the process. 

We also post a tip each week on CBC Books. This weeks's tip is from the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize winner, Michael Fraser.

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Don't wait for inspiration to write! If you wait for the muse, you might be waiting forever. The notion of the inspired writer was invented during Romanticism, a period when aristocratic writers had copious time for inspiration. We don't have this luxury. Schedule your writing and be consistent!

Michael Fraser won the CBC Poetry Prize in 2016 for "African Canadian in Union Blue." He has been published in Paris Atlantic, CV2 and The Caribbean Writer. His latest book is To Greet Yourself Arriving.