Literary Prizes

33 writers make the 2019 CBC Poetry 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 Nov. 14, 2019.
Thirty-three writers from across Canada have made the CBC Poetry Prize longlist. (Submitted by the authors, see individual pages for credit)

Thirty-three writers from across Canada have been longlisted for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize.

The complete longlist is:

The longlist was selected from more than 2,500 English-language submissions. A team of writers and editors from across Canada compiled the list. 

Five finalists will be selected by the jury, which is comprised of Lynn Crosbie, Olive Senior and Billy-Ray Belcourt. The jury will also select the winner. 

The shortlist will be announced on Nov. 14 and the winner will be announced on Nov. 21.

The winner of the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will have their work published on CBC Books.

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

The 2018 CBC Poetry Prize winner was Natalie Lim for Arrhythmia. You can read all the 2018 finalists' poems here.

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

If you're a writer, you can join our Canada Writes Facebook group, a place where Canadian writers can connect and support each other.

If you're interested in entering the CBC Literary Prizes, the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January, the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April and the 2021 Short Story Prize will open in September.

For writers in Grades 7 to 12, The First Page student writing challenge is now open for submissions until Nov. 25, 2019.