CBC Poetry Prize

Alessandra Naccarato is the winner of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize for Postcards for My Sister. The 2018 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April.

Alessandra Naccarato is the winner of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize for Postcards for my Sister.

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 her story published on CBC Books and in Air Canada enRoute magazine. You can read Postcards for my Sister here.

Four other writers made the shortlist. They are:

As a finalist, they will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

The shortlist and winner were selected by the 2017 jury, which was comprised of Humble The Poet, Rosanna Deerchild and Gary Barwin.

The longlist was selected by a team of readers comprised of Canadian writers and editors.

Submissions for the 2018 prize will open in April 2018.


WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished poetry.

WHEN: The competition is open for submissions from April 1 to May 31.

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

HOW:  Submit online or submit by mail by downloading the offline submission form. 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 and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Their winning submission will be published on CBC Books. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their poetry published on CBC Books.

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: You can write a poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.

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

OTHER PRIZES: The 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January 2018. The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September 2018.

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