10 famous Canadian writers you'd be surprised to learn won CBC Literary Prizes

Winning a CBC Literary Prize can change your life. Don't believe us? Here's proof — 10 Canadian writers whose career took off after they won.

Winning a CBC Literary Prize can change your life. Don't believe us? Here's proof — 10 Canadian writers whose career took off after they won.

1. George Bowering

George Bowering, seen in Ottawa in 2003, is a finalist for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for Pinboy, a memoir of his adolescence. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

In 1984, George Bowering received second place in the CBC Literary Prize for his work "Delayed Mercy." He went on to win the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence in 2011.

2. Shauna Singh Baldwin 

In 1997, Shauna Singh Baldwin won the CBC Short Story Prize for her entry "Satya." Her short stories have won literary awards in the United States, Canada and India, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in the Canada/Caribbean region.

3. Camilla Gibb 

In 2001, Camilla Gibb won the CBC Short Story Prize for her entry "Between Wars." In 2005, her novel Sweetness in the Belly was shortlisted for the Giller Prize.

4. Frances Itani 

Frances Itani, author of Tell, is on the short list for the 2014 Giller Prize. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-HarperCollins Canada-Norman Takeuchi)

Frances Itani won the CBC Short Story Prize in 1995 and 1996 for her stories "Bolero" and "Poached Egg on Toast" respectively. She placed third in 1984 for her entry "Songs For The Children." Her novel Tell was shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

5. Michael Ondaatje 

In 1982, Michael Ondaatje won the CBC Short Story Prize for his entry "The Passions of Lalla." His works have won many awards including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Giller Prize, and the Booker Prize. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada.

6. Leon Rooke 

In 2002, Leon Rooke won the CBC Short Story Prize for his entry "The Last Shot." He's the author of several acclaimed books, and in 1983, he won the Governor General's Award for fiction. In 2007, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

7. Carol Shields 

(Richard Lam)

In 1983, Carol Shields won the CBC Literary Prize for radio drama for her entry "Women Waiting." In 1984, she came in second in the CBC Short Story Prize for her story "Flitting Behaviour." Her 1993 novel, The Stone Diaries, won the Pulitzer Prize as well as the Governor General's Award for fiction.

8. Michael Winter 

Michael Winter is the author of Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead. (Rogatien Piano)

Michael Winter won the 2004 CBC Short Story Prize. His works have been shortlisted for the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Trillium Book Award as well as the Giller Prize.

9. David Bergen

Author David Bergen, seen in Toronto signing a copy of his 2005 Giller Prize-winning novel The Time In Between, is up for the prestigious award once again for his latest work, The Matter with Morris. ((Aaron Harris/Canadian Press))

David Bergen won the 1999 CBC Short Story Prize for his entry "How can men share a bottle of vodka". He was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award in 2002 and won the Giller Prize in 2005 for his novel The Time in Between.

10. Caroline Adderson

Caroline Adderson placed third in the CBC Short Story Prize in 1988 with "The Hanging Garden of Babylon", she placed third a second time in 1991 with "The Chmarnyk" and in 2004, she came in second With "Falling". In 1993, her short story collection, Bad Imaginings, was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award.

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