CBC Literary Prizes

28 writers make the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist

The winner will receive $6,000, attend a two-week writing residency and have their work published on CBC Books. The shortlist will be revealed on Sept. 16, 2021.
Writers from across Canada have made the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist. (See individual pages for credit.)

Twenty-eight writers from across Canada have been longlisted for the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize.

The complete longlist is: 

The longlist was selected from more than 2,000 English-language submissions.

A team of writers and editors from across Canada compiled the list.

The jury selects the shortlist and the eventual winner from the readers' longlisted selections. The 2021 jury is comprised of Jenny Heijun Wills, M.G. Vassanji and Tim Cook

The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 22 and the winner will be announced on Sept. 29.

The winner of the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a two-week 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 work published on CBC Books

Last year's winner was Burnaby, B.C. writer Jonathan Poh for his story, Value Village. You can read the entire shortlist here

The longlist for the French-language competition has also been revealed. To read more, go to the Prix du récit Radio-Canada.

The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979. Past winners include David Bergen, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields and Michael Winter.

If you're interested in other writing competitions, check out the CBC Literary Prizes

The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize is open for submissions until Oct. 31, 2021. The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January and the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April.


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    Sep 15, 2021 11:55 AM ET

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