Calling all writers! The CBC Poetry Prize is now open for submissions

You could win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre and have your work published on CBC Books.


The 2018 CBC Poetry Prize is now open for submissions. 

The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books.

Four finalists will win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

You may submit original, unpublished poetry or a collection of poems up to 600 words in length.

A team of readers from across Canada will read the entries and determine the longlist. The shortlist and winner will be decided by the 2018 jury.

Last year's winner was Alessandra Naccarato for Postcards for my SisterYou can read the entire 2017 shortlist here.

The deadline to enter is May 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. A fee of $25.00 for administration purposes is required for each entry.

The CBC Literary Prizes have been supporting and celebrating Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.

The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2018.

Have questions? Email us at canadawrites@cbc.ca.

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