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Last day to submit to the CBC Short Story Prize

Get cracking, fiction writers! You have until midnight tonight (ET) to send in your entry for the CBC Short Story Prize.

Michael Winter. Gail Anderson-Dargatz. Leon Rooke. Shauna Singh Baldwin. Michael Ondaatje. These great Canadian writers are all past winners of the CBC Short Story Prize.

What about you? Is your writing on par with some of Canada's biggest names in fiction?

There's only one way to find out. Enter now.

Here at Canada Writes headquarters, we've all gone into overdrive, processing your entries and sending them off to our eight readers across the country -- all award-winning authors themselves. 

But there's still room for more - and there's still time for you to get in the running.

You could win:

  • One $6,000 first prize (four second prizes of $1,000) 
  • Publication in enRoute magazine
  • Promotion of the winning story on CBC Radio
  • A big party in your honour 

To help you along, we thought we'd help you prevent the two biggest mistakes writers make when they submit to the prize. (You're welcome.)

Two last-minute tips from the Canada Writes team:

1. Do one last spellcheck. Bad spelling won't disqualify you, but it won't help you either.

2. Respect the word count. Entries that do not meet our word count requirements are immediately disqualified.

So, what are you waiting for? Get writing, Canada! 

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