CBC Nonfiction Prize

The 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now closed. Finalists will be announced in fall 2018.

The CBC Nonfiction Prize is closed. The finalists will be announced in 2018.


WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished works of nonfiction between 1200 and 1800 words.

WHEN: The competition is open for submissions from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2019.

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by creating an account through Submittable. A 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, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: You can submit memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing and feature articles between 1200 and 1800 words.

WHO IS JUDGING: 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, which is comprised of Scaachi Koul, Graeme Wood and Kyo Maclear.

WHO WON LAST YEAR:  Becky Blake won the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize for Trust ExerciseYou can read all the stories shortlisted for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize here.

WANT HELP? Subscribe to the CBC Nonfiction Prize newsletter for writing tips and support along the way. We will send you writing tips, tricks and prompts every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday while the CBC Nonfiction Prize is open.

SUBMIT IN FRENCH: If you're looking to submit to the French short story prize, you can enter here

OTHER PRIZES: The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2018. The 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April 2019. 

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