CBC Literary Prizes

31 writers make the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist

The winner will receive $6,000, attend a two-week writing residency and have their story published on CBC Books. The shortlist will be revealed on Sept. 18, 2019.
Thirty-one writers from across Canada have been longlisted for the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize. (Submitted, see individual pages for credit)

Thirty-one writers have made the longlist for the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize. The complete longlist is:

The winner of the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and 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.

The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 18, 2019. The winner will be revealed on Sept. 25, 2019.

The longlist was selected from more than 2,200 English-language submissions by a team of readers from across Canada. The finalists and eventual winner will be selected by the jury from this longlist.

The 2019 jury is comprised of Harold R. Johnson, Elizabeth Renzetti and Mark Sakamoto.

To see the longlist for the French competition, go to Prix du récit Radio-Canada.

Sandra Murdock won the 2018 prize for her story Easy Family Dinners.

The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers for 40 years. Past winners include Michael OndaatjeCarol ShieldsMichael Winter and Frances Itani.​

If you're interested in other writing competitions, check out the CBC Literary Prizes. The CBC Short Story Prize is currently open and accepting submissions until Oct. 31, 2019.


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